Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

An Enforcement Focus Won't Stem the Heroin Crisis

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

An Enforcement Focus Won't Stem the Heroin Crisis

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I was disappointed to see that reports regarding recent overdoses throughout southwestern Pennsylvania omitted information on public health measures ("Authorities Warn of Recent String of Heroin Overdoses in Pittsburgh," Feb. 3 post-gazette.com) and focused instead on enforcement efforts. It's critical that people are aware that any ordinary person who might witness an overdose or be at risk of overdose can obtain and carry naloxone and save a life.

Naloxone can be obtained free of charge through Prevention Point Pittsburgh (www.pppgh.org). It is also available at participating pharmacies by standing-order prescription without having to see a doctor (www.achd.net under Timely Topics and www.ddap.pa.gov). More than 1,400 lay people have reversed overdoses using training and naloxone obtained from Prevention Point. …

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