The Wolf Administration on Thursday announced the expansion of Acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson’s naloxone standing order to now include ZIMHI, a 5 milligram (mg) intra-muscular injection device that comes as a single-dose pre-filled syringe or a carton containing two cases of pre-filled syringes. Residents can present a copy of the standing order at their local pharmacy to obtain life-saving naloxone.
Since 2017, Pennsylvania has taken several steps to increase naloxone access for people and communities across the commonwealth who need it the most. With a recent increase in drug overdose deaths (the majority of which are opioid- and fentanyl-related), Pennsylvania is anticipating a significant supply of naloxone in the coming months. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is encouraging individuals, organizations, and agencies to learn how to access this naloxone at no cost.