Combating the opioid epidemic

Fighting back against the opioid crisis in Philadelphia.

About the crisis

Philadelphia is facing the greatest public health crisis in a century.

Every neighborhood in the city is being hit hard by an epidemic of opioid use and overdose. Across all racial and ethnic groups, the number of deaths from drug overdose is higher than the number of deaths from homicide. Of the 1,217 overdoses in 2017, 1,074 involved an opioid.

The City is fighting back

The City is working to save lives, improve access to help, and reverse the effects opioids have had on our community. Much of this work is guided by the 18 recommendations developed by Mayor Jim Kenney's Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia.

Learn more about the work underway.


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Philadelphia, PA 19107

Take action to prevent overdoses

Call 911

If you think someone is overdosing, always call 911. The police and fire departments have naloxone, the antidote for opioid overdoses, and they can provide additional care. The Good Samaritan Law protects callers so that they cannot get in trouble for witnessing or reporting an overdose.

Get naloxone (Narcan®)

Naloxone temporarily blocks the effect of opioids and helps a person to start breathing again. It is easy to use and available to anyone in Pennsylvania. Learn how to recognize an opioid overdose and use naloxone.

Seek treatment

After an overdose, it is important that the person is connected to treatment to prevent another, potentially fatal, overdose. For information on treatment options, call (800) 662-HELP (4357).