By TAYLOR BROWN
Ambulance services in Pennsylvania now have the option to leave behind one dose of a medication designed to reverse the effects of opioid drugs – if an overdose victim refuses additional medical treatment.
Aaron Rhone, state Health Department EMS program manager, announced the optional naloxone program available Jan. 19.
In October, Rachel Levine, Health Department acting secretary and physician general, signed a standing order allowing the program. It authorized department-certified emergency medical service providers and licensed EMS agencies to leave behind a dose of naloxone.
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