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'We Have Narcan,' City Of Pittsburgh Giving Out Free Stickers, Buttons

Sarah Boden
90.5 WESA
One of the window decals being distributed by the City of Pittsburgh to raise Narcan visibility.

Pittsburghers can now get free stickers, buttons and window decals that say, “We have Narcan in case of emergency.”

Narcan is the brand name for naloxone, the medication that can revive someone from an opioid overdose. Many public health workers in Allegheny County attribute the recent declinein fatal overdoses, at least in part, to effortstodisseminatethis medicine throughout the county.

These stickers, buttons and decals are a way to increase the naloxone's visibility and hopefully save more lives.

“[Naloxone] is as important as knowing CPR and being able to respond in a life-threatening situation,” said Laura Drogowski, the manager for Critical Communities Initiatives for Mayor Bill Peduto’s office.

Drogowski, who created the campaign, said that in addition to saving lives, these items reduce stigma around opioid use disorder.

“Stigma that may prevent people who use drugs from accessing care or being treated kindly, promoting better understanding of substance use,” she said.

These iteams can be obtained at Drogowski's office. They do not come with naloxne.  People can buy the medication at pharmacies or get it for free at Prevention Point Pittsburgh, a local non-profit specializing in drug user health and harm reduction. 

Sarah Boden covers health and science for 90.5 WESA. Before coming to Pittsburgh in November 2017, she was a reporter for Iowa Public Radio. As a contributor to the NPR-Kaiser Health News Member Station Reporting Project on Health Care in the States, Sarah's print and audio reporting frequently appears on NPR and KFF Health News.