SCRANTON, Pa. — A treatment facility in Scranton held a giveaway of a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses.
Narcan kits were handed out Tuesday at the Keyser Valley Community Center.
People could also learn how to administer the drug themselves and pick up information on addiction and recovery.
“This is available to them, that they can help out at any time and in particular now at the holidays. Holidays are a very difficult time for people in recovery,” said Richard Conaboy, CEO of Lakeside NEPA, a voluntary treatment facility in the Scranton area.
According to the state health department, since the start of last year in Pennsylvania, Narcan was used to bring back more than 27,000 people who were overdosing on opioids.
In September, the state made naloxone, the generic name for Narcan, available free as part of the administration’s effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment.