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Health officials encourage residents to carry overdose antidote

March 14, 2018 – A new ad campaign is urging Delaware Valley residents to carry an opioid overdose antidote to help address the drug epidemic.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced the campaign Tuesday to educate citizens about the facts on the disease of addiction, according to NBC Philadelphia. There is still work to be done to eliminate the stigma associated with addiction. The campaign aims to highlight the ease to obtain and administer naloxone to save someone’s life.

Crystal Yates, the assistant deputy commissioner for EMS at the Philadelphia Fire Department, said learning how to use naloxone is just as important as learning CPR.

“If a loved one uses opioids, carrying naloxone can save them,” Yates said. “It’s safe, it’s effective and it’s easy to use.”

The city has a standing order at all pharmacies so anyone can obtain naloxone without a prescription.

Philadelphia has the highest opioid death rate of any large U.S. city. More than 1,200 people fatally overdosed in Philadelphia in 2017.

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Read the full story on NBC Philadelphia.

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