Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program

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Naloxone Rescue KitIn 2013, the Vermont Legislature tasked the Department of Health with developing and administering a statewide pilot program for distributing emergency overdose rescue kits to people at risk of an overdose, and to family members and others who may be in a position to help in the event of an overdose.

The opioid antagonist medication Vermont has selected is naloxone hydrochloride, also known by the trade name Narcan®. Opioid antagonists are safe and effective medication that quickly reverses the life-threating effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is administered by spraying a fine mist up the person’s nostrils.

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Community-based Pilot Sites

The Health Department has collaborated with two community partners in developing and implementing the pilot program. These organizations operate syringe exchange programs and are experienced with harm reduction strategies for preventing overdoses. Through these community sites, the public can learn about overdose prevention, and receive overdose rescue kits for emergency treatment of a suspected opioid drug overdose. 

BAART Behavioral Health Services
Serving Newport
475 Union St. Newport, VT 05855

Central Vermont Addiction Medicine (BAART / CVSAS)
300 Granger Rd. Berlin, VT 05602

Howard Center Safe Recovery Program
Serving the Burlington area

HIV/HCV Resource Center- Syringe Exchange Program
Serving the White River Junction area
802-295-1868 (Monday and Thursday 2:30 – 4:30pm) or 603-448-8887

Turning Point Center of Addison County Inc.
228 Maple Street (in the Marbleworks)
Middlebury, VT 05753

Turning Point Center of Franklin County
182 Lake Street
St. Albans, VT 05478

Vermont CARES
1091 Hospital Dr. St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

West Ridge Center for Addiction Recovery
1 Scale Ave., Building 10, Rutland, VT 05701

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Overdose Prevention Kit and Training Resources

Training and Prescriber Resources

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Treating Opioid Dependence

Opioid Addiction and Treatment

Care Alliance for Opioid TreatmentCare Alliance for Opioid Dependence
This statewide partnership of clinicians and treatment centers provide Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) to Vermonters who are addicted to opioids.

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Vermont Statute

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Contact Information

Michael Leyden, MPH, NREMT-P
Deputy Director, Emergency Medical Services
Office of Public Health Preparedness & EMS
Vermont Department of Health
Tel: 802-865-7735

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