Opioid Resources and Support
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is experiencing a crisis due to the impacts of an opioid epidemic that has touched many lives.
To effectively address this epidemic, an integrated and holistic approach to treatment is essential. Magellan’s recovery-oriented, member-first approach aims to include your family of choice, peers and community stakeholders in a personalized treatment process to decrease risk factors for opioid abuse. We will always protect the privacy of our members.
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Resources for recovery-focused solutions currently available in Pennsylvania
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania resources
- Drug take-back locations
- Get to know your local Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence
- Bucks County resources
- Cambria County resources
- Delaware County resources
- Lehigh County resources
- Montgomery County resources
- Northampton County resources
- Alternatives for child opioid prescriptions
- Nar-Anon Family Groups - for anyone who is affected by someone else's addiction
- Al-Anon Family Groups - for anyone who is affected by someone else's alcoholism
Tobacco and opioids
Tobacco is often used at the same time as opioids. Using tobacco can make it harder to quit using opioids. This is because tobacco use affects how opioids impact the brain. It is often a good idea to work on quitting tobacco use at the same time as eliminating opioids.
Find resources from Magellan here to assist you in a journey to be tobacco-free:
Naloxone, trade name Narcan©
Naloxone was created for one purpose, to prevent death. It is an opioid blocker used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It can be injected by: vein, muscle, under skin or nasal spray.
Its effects in restoring breathing can be seen within 2-8 minutes. Side effects may include, but are not limited to: Body aches, fever, sweating, runny nose, shivering, irritability, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps, increased blood pressure or rapid heartbeat.
In 2015, Dr. Rachel Levine, the current Secretary of Health for Pennsylvania, signed a standing order for the state that allows access to naloxone in local pharmacies. There is no need for a prescription from another clinician. More information can be found at the Naloxone FAQ page on the PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs website.
Magellan is committed to keeping you informed on how to quickly access treatment.