Overdose Prevention

Overdoses Can Be Prevented


In recent years, there has been a significant increase in deaths resulting from heroin and prescription opioids. This epidemic has spread across Pennsylvania, as currently one in four families struggle with a substance abuse problem.

Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) is addressing this epidemic head-on. This page offers information for residents, pharmacies, first responders and healthcare professionals who can help us confront this public health crisis.   
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Pharmacies & Naloxone Access


On October 15, 2015, MCHD's Interim Medical Director Dr. Valerie. A. Arkoosh issued a county-wide standing order, citing PA ACT 139, allowing licensed pharmacies (which choose to participate) to dispense naloxone to individuals at risk of a heroin or opioid-related overdose, or those who may witness one. ACT 139 provides access to an opioid overdose reversal medicine that can save lives and hopefully lead an individual toward the substance abuse treatment they need.

As pharmacies agree to participate and sign Dr. Arkoosh's standing order, each participating pharmacy will be listed here - List of Participating Pharmacies
  1. Treatment Resources
  2. Community Resources
  3. Pharmacist Resources
  4.  Prescribing Guidelines
Individuals with Medical Assistance insurance or no insurance should contact the following Case Management Assessment sites:

Eastern MontCo (Willow Grove Area)
Gaudenzia: 215-667-8022

Central MontCo (Norristown Area)
Gaudenzia: 610-279-4262

Western MontCo (Pottstown Area)
Creative Health Services: 610-327-1503

Individuals with Private Health Insurance should call the number on the back of their Insurance card and request instruction on how to access Drug and Alcohol treatment services.

Downloadable Materials

Do You Know Someone at Risk of an Opioid Overdose?

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Opioid Safety and How to Use Naloxone

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NARCAN Nasal Spray Quick Start Guide

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PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL PROGRAM


District Attorney Ferman, along with Montgomery County Police Chiefs, established the DA Prescription Drug Disposal Program in April 2013 with ten permanent prescription drug collection locations situated across the County at which the public can safely, confidentially and conveniently dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medications at no cost. In December 2013, due to extraordinary public demand, the program expanded to include thirteen total collection locations. Today, the program includes 23 total locations in response to continued interest for additional disposal sites.
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