NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf stopped in Montgomery County today to announce he’s requesting $10 million in the upcoming budget to make sure law enforcement across the commonwealth has access to the opioid-overdose-antidote Narcan.
Governor Wolf says since law enforcement in Pennsylvania started carrying Nalaxone or Narcan, they’ve saved more than 2,300 lives.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Don Ly's Children Continue To Search For Answers After Father's American Dream Ended In Deadly Stabbing In South Philadelphia
“And the reason it’s necessary is because the person who we’re treating has to be alive when we treat them for substance abuse disorder, which is a chronic disease.”READ MORE: Camden County Businesses, Officials Worry As Heavy Rains, Flooding Become More Common
Both Governor Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro say Naloxone is just one tool in battling drug and opioid addiction.
“We have said many times we will be merciless when it comes to the drug dealers – and we are, but we’ll be compassionate when it comes to those who are battling the disease of addiction.”MORE NEWS: Upper Darby Police Investigating Death Of Newborn Found In Bag
The $10 million, if approved in the budget, would go through the Pennsylvania Commissioner on Crime Delinquency.