Increased Access of Naloxone for All Pennsylvanians Through Standing Order for the General Public
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed “Standing Order DOH -002-2015, Naloxone Prescription for Overdose”. Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses the effects of a prescription opioid medication or heroin overdose. The standing order is intended to ensure that residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who are at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose, or who are family members, friends or others in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose, are able to obtain this life-saving medication.
In the event a prescription for Naloxone cannot be obtained from the individual’s regular health care provider, the standing order may be used as a prescription to obtain Naloxone at a pharmacy – by the person at risk of overdose or for anyone who might use it on someone else (third party). In many cases, the standing order will be on file at local pharmacies. In those instances where it is not, Pennsylvanians can download a copy of the standing order from the Department of Health or the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ websites (health.pa.gov OR ddap.pa.gov) to take with them to a pharmacy that dispenses the medication.
Prior to administering Naloxone, persons are strongly advised to complete one of the online training programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in consultation with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, found at:
www.getnaloxonenow.org/online_training.html or at www.pavtn.net/act-139-training and obtain a certificate and to discuss the use of the medication with the pharmacist. Act 139 0f 2014 does not require training to obtain the medication; however, training and the prompt seeking of medical assistance/911 is necessary in order to ensure that persons are protected from legal liability as provided through the statute.
NOTE: The standing order is not intended to be used by organizations who employ or contract with medical staff who are authorized to write prescriptions.
Town Hall Meeting
May 25, 2016 at 6:00PM
Grace Lutheran Community Life Center
We’ve all heard about heroin taking the lives of our community members…some of which may be friends, some may be family members, or acquaintances. Regardless of our relationship, we are all affected by the current heroin epidemic, and the overdose deaths continue to increase. Deaths from heroin have tripled in the last five years. Pennsylvania has a higher overdose rate than most states. We’ve all also heard many radio commercials indicating why our youth first starting using heroin/opiates in the first place. One of those reasons identified was the lack of knowledge about drugs in general. ADAS, BRMC, local law enforcement and community leaders in McKean County are committed to providing that knowledge by hosting a town hall meeting.
On May 25, 2016 at 6:00PM at the Grace Lutheran Community Life Center, we will bring together local officials and individuals that have personal stories to share about their own experiences with addiction and recovery.
Anyone can become addicted to heroin and/or prescription pain pills…Anyone… Addiction does not discriminate against race, gender, ethnicity, etc. There is no one way to prevent addiction, other than education and prevention efforts to inform people to never start.
Prescription pain pills (Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin) are all used to treat pain, but are highly addictive. Many people are prescribed prescription pain pills for legitimate uses, however, when that prescription runs out, many are still left with not only pain, but now withdrawal to deal with. This is when the user will look for another way to treat the pain and withdrawal…Some may ask friends or acquaintances and others look to the streets, which is where the heroin comes into play.
So rather than turning a blind eye or thinking that it doesn’t exist, why not become educated and work with community officials to stop this epidemic. Please take the time to attend this much needed event. There will be refreshments, door prizes and information on the resources available to you in our area to stop this epidemic.
The following employees were recognized Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Alcohol & Drug Abuse Service, Inc.’s annual Recognition Dinner:
25 Years of Service
Greta Billings, Prevention Specialist
David Shaffer, Treatment Specialist
Amy Zimmerman, Case Manager
20 Years of Service
Rae Nelson, Treatment Specialist
Cassandra Ryder, Administrative Assistant/Clerical Supervisor
10 Years of Service
Krystal Meade, Administrative Assistant/HR
Minnie Wilber, Residential Worker
5 Years of Service
Sarah Cimino, Treatment Specialist
Nicole Skinner, Residential Worker
Board of Director honorees included: Scott Atwell, John Thomas and Judy Leroy
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Inc. would like to thank you for your service and dedication to the individuals that we serve throughout Cameron, Elk, McKean and surrounding Counties.