But something happens when civilians receive greater access to the life-saving drug: Its usage becomes harder to track. That’s because when more naloxone gets in the hands of private civilians, many of whom may be drug users themselves, they’re able to administer the drug — usually Narcan, the brand-name for the version given nasally — before paramedics arrive on the scene. And increasingly, health department officials say, paramedics aren’t being called at all. “People using drugs are doing this all the time and not reporting it,” says Allison Herens, the health department’s harm reduction coordinator, who performs naloxone trainings and tracks its use citywide.
By David Murrell
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, CVS Pharmacy, and a host of local organizations will be holding free, confidential HIV testing clinics at the CVS on Broad and Girard Streets. National HIV Testing Day is Thursday, June 27. This annual event encourages people to get tested for HIV, to know their HIV status, and to start HIV treatment right away if they have HIV.
Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health is offering free HIV tests this week.
The free, confidential testing clinics will be offered at the CVS on the corner of Broad Street and Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia.