According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths remain a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. The majority of overdose deaths involve opioids. Deaths involving synthetic opioids (largely illicitly made fentanyl) and stimulants (such as cocaine and methamphetamine) have increased in recent years. In addition, overdose deaths accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Timely data help improve coordination and promote readiness among health departments, community members, healthcare providers, public health, law enforcement, and government agencies, for regional or multiple state overdose increases.
The Vermont Department of Health provides naloxone (Narcan®) and training through collaborations with community-based organizations. These partners distribute naloxone and provide overdose response training, opioid misuse prevention training and referrals to treatment across Vermont.
People who should carry naloxone:
People who use opioid drugs (either prescribed or illicit)
Those who interact with people who use drugs (like friends, family, and emergency personnel)
If you or someone you know is struggling with an opioid use disorder or is in treatment, you can get naloxone to carry or keep in your first aid kit at one of the distribution sites listed below.
75 San Remo Drive South Burlington, VT 05403 802-488-6450
The Vermont Department of Health is providing people living in Vermont with the option to request a free Narcan® Kit be shipped to their home or PO Box. These kits include 2 doses of 4 mg Narcan®, written instructions on how to use Narcan®, 10 fentanyl test strips and instructions for use, and information on VT Helplink.