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February 27, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA

Wolf Administration Provides Naloxone to Pennsylvania Airports; Encourages Availability of Life-Saving Medication in Public Venues

At an event at Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) the Wolf Administration announced that it will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth.

The naloxone will be stored with airport AED machines and first aid kits with the suggestion that all airport personnel are trained to both carry and administer the medication. Many airports already have their own public safety teams with police, fire and EMS, so this distribution will be available to those teams if needed as well.

"A key component to decreasing the number of overdose deaths in Pennsylvania is widely distributing naloxone in communities and public venues," said DDAP Secretary Smith. "When dealing with an epidemic like the opioid crisis, life-saving medication should be a part of every first aid kit and readily available. We encourage everyone - business owners, members of the general public, loved ones affected by substance use disorder, and individuals suffering from the disease - to equip themselves to respond in an emergency."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The exterior of Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Marla Sims, community health nurse for Dauphin County State Health Center, right, shows Harrisburg International Airport's Laurence Miller, police chief, left, and Brian Wheeler, fire chief, center, how to administer naloxone inside the airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The interior of Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jen Smith, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Tim Edwards, executive director of the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ray Barishansky, deputy secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jen Smith, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_013.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Tim Edwards, executive director of the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17806_DOH_Naloxone_Airports_NK_014.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Ray Barishansky, deputy secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, speaks at a press conference, which announced that the Wolf Administration will be providing free naloxone to Pennsylvania airports as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to the life-saving medication and decrease opioid overdoses across the commonwealth, inside Harrisburg International Airport on Thursday, February 27, 2020.