Tuesday, 23 July 2019 19:44

PCHC receives grant money for overdose-reversing medication

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BANGOR - A $50,000 grant is helping Penobscot Community Health Care fight the opioid crisis.

PCHC is using the grant money to purchase and distribute naloxone free of charge.


The medication reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.


According to a press release, the goal is to reduce the risk of overdose deaths and help people on the path to recovery.


"It's going to really help us make a dent in getting the medication to people who really need it," said Lori Dwyer, President and CEO of PCHC, "whether it be the individuals who are experiencing opioid use disorder, their family members, their care givers."


The money, from the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, will be used to purchase about 900 doses of the medicine over one year.


PCHC will provide the medication to its recovery programs, as well as other area agencies that deal with the opioid epidemic.