Overdose News Bulletin
The Overdose News Bulletin is a weekly publication that contains news articles from across Pennsylvania and the United States.
Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (prescription pain medication or heroin).
Life Unites Us is changing the conversation around addiction. Powered by real stories from people across Pennsylvania, we're showing that addiction impacts people from all walks of life and that it's a treatable medical condition—just like heart disease or diabetes. Recovery is not only possible, it's probable.
Overdose Free PA is a collaboration between six partner organizations and sixteen Pennsylvania communities involved with overdose prevention and recovery activities.
PA Stop is designed to educate Pennsylvanians about the risks of prescription painkiller and heroin use, the relationship between painkiller and heroin use, and what to do when you need help. We are working to prevent non-medical use of prescription painkillers and, in so doing, to break the connection between heroin and prescription painkillers.
The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is focused on addressing the overdose problem in Pennsylvania, while ensuring that our prevention programs are robust, well-resourced and evidence-based, and that all Pennsylvanians struggling with the disease of drug and alcohol addiction can get the level and duration of treatment and recovery supports they need to live a healthy and productive life.
The prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic is the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania. It affects Pennsylvanians across the state, from big cities to rural communities. The Department of Health is committed to being part of the solution by working with Governor Wolf to provide the following programs.
To help prevent prescription drug abuse and protect the health and safety of our community, Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) collects information on all filled prescriptions for controlled substances. This information helps health care providers safely prescribe controlled substances and helps patients get the treatment they need.
The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program focuses on alleviating the health and safety concerns from the diversion and abuse of prescription medications by helping our communities properly dispose of unused prescription medications.
Pennsylvania’s Prescribing Guidelines include Opioids to Treat Noncancer Pain, Opioids in Dental Practice, and Emergency Department (ED) Pain Treatment Guidelines.
The prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic affects Pennsylvanians across the state, from big cities to rural communities. DOH takes an all-hands-on deck approach to prevent the disease from happening, rescue those suffering and get Pennsylvanians into treatment.