Dial 911 for Emergency Services
In 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.
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.
Howard Center Safe Recovery Program
Serving the Burlington area
HIV/HRC 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
Overdose Prevention Kit and Training Resources
Overdose Rescue Kit Brochure
How to give nasal spray naloxone for suspected opioid overdose.
Treating Opioid Dependence
Care Alliance for Opioid Dependence
This statewide partnership of clinicians and treatment centers provide Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) to Vermonters who are addicted to opioids.
Michael Leyden, MPH, NREMT-P
Deputy Director, Emergency Medical Services
Office of Public Health Preparedness & EMS
Vermont Department of Health