Act 139 of 2014 was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor to allow emergency responders – including EMS, Firefighters, and Police Officers – to administer naloxone to individuals experiencing an opioid overdose.  The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members that may be in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone and additionally, provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses.

The PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is the lead agency for Act 139 implementation with assistance from the Department of Health.  A copy of the Act (139 of 2014), along with implementation information including sample agreements, available training programs, and other resources can be obtained through the link below.

Act 139 Implementation