Gov. Wolf will include $10 million in his proposed budget to equip first responders and police officers with Naloxone, an emergency treatment for opioid overdoses.
Saying that Naloxone already has rescued more than 2,300 people from overdoses in Pennsylvania, Wolf called it "just a first step" in fighting opioid addiction and getting people into treatment centers.
"You cannot treat someone who isn't alive," Wolf said at a news conference in Norristown.
The $10 million in state funding would be distributed by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Its chairman, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, said the current opioid crisis is worse than any drug issue he's seen in his decades-long police career.
"I have never seen a situation like we are all faced with today," he said.
More than 900 people died in Philadelphia of drug overdoses last year, officials said. Drug overdoses are also an issue in suburban and rural areas; the counties outside Philadelphia each had about 30 fatal overdoses for every 100,000 residents in 2016.
Wolf, calling addiction "a disease, not a crime," made the announcement Tuesday in the lobby of the Montgomery County courthouse with Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Democratic Montgomery County Commissioners Valerie Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence, District Attorney Kevin Steele, and law enforcement leaders.
"There is no issue that has taken on greater import in this commonwealth," said Shapiro, a Democrat from Montgomery County who took office as attorney general last month.
The 2016-17 state budget includes $20 million in new funding for treatment and treatment centers.
Wolf, a Democrat, will present his budget proposal to the Republican-controlled legislature next week in Harrisburg. He said the proposal would be "within our means" and would have "no broad-based tax increases."