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.

The Office of Public Health (OPH) 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.

Pharmacies & Naloxone Access

On October 15, 2015, OPH's Interim Medical Director Dr. Valerie. A. Arkoosh, at the time, 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 current Medical Director, Dr. Lorraine's standing order, each participating pharmacy will be listed here - List of Participating Pharmacies


In April 2013, then District Attorney Ferman, along with Montgomery County Police Chiefs, established the DA Prescription Drug Disposal Program. The prescription drug collection locations are situated across the County at which the public can safely, confidentially and conveniently dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medications at no cost. 

Opioid Overdose Awareness Billboard Competition Winners

This project was a collaboration between the Offices of Drug and Alcohol and Public Health.

1st Place - Colby Seelig, 12th grade, North Penn H.S.

Billboard Submission 2021 CS NPHS

2nd Place - Ryan Phan, 9th grade, Methacton H.S.

Billlboard Submission 2021 RP MHS

3rd Place - Alison Feight, 11th grade, Ply. Whitemarsh H.S.

Billboard Submission 2021 AF PWHS
  1. Community Resources
  2.  Prescribing Guidelines
  3. Get Help Here
  4. Pharmacist Resources

Downloadable Materials

Do You Know Someone at Risk of an Opioid Overdose?


Opioid Safety and How to Use Naloxone


NARCAN Nasal Spray Quick Start Guide

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