Philadelphia recruiting residents to fight opioid epidemic

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) --

The City of Philadelphia is recruiting residents to help in fighting the opioid epidemic.

The city health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, announced a new awareness campaign on Tuesday morning.

The city is urging the public to carry Naloxone, an opioid antidote commonly known by the brand name Narcan, in an effort to reduce overdose deaths citywide.

"We had 1,200 deaths from drug overdose. Many of these can be saved because, probably half or more, there's a witness nearby," said Farley.

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