FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL HELP
VT Helplink is a free and confidential alcohol and drug support and referral service provided by the Vermont Department of Health.
On the phone or online, VT Helplink offers personalized services, based on your patients' specific needs. Whether they're seeking help for themselves or someone they care about, VT Helplink can connect your patients to the services you need. A caring, trained specialist will help them take a step toward recovery.
- Monday - Friday 8AM - 10PM
- Weekends and holidays 8AM - 6PM
You can also use the answer quick and confidential questions to get connected to the right services for you.
Priority for treatment
- People in crisis: If your patient is experiencing a crisis or feel that they are a danger to themselves or others, they will be scheduled for treatment services within five working days, except when the program is at capacity.
- People who are pregnant and inject drugs: If your patient is pregnant and injects drugs, they will be given preference for admission into treatment, and will be seen within 48 hours.
Prescription Opioid Awareness
The RxAware page offers information on what your patient needs to know about prescription opioids, options for managing pain, side effects and withdrawal and how to find help.
Handouts for Patients
- The Opioid Patient Information Sheet* contains information regarding the risks associated with opioids and proper disposal.
- The Opioid Prescription - Informed Consent Sample Form* should be signed by the patient and kept on file at the medical practice office.
- The Opioid Prescribing Rule - What You Need to Know contains information about the Opioid Prescribing Rule.
- The VPMS Advisory Notice contains information regarding the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System.
The documents above have been translated into Arabic, Burmese, French, Kirundi, Nepali, Somali, and Spanish to provide to new Vermonter patients.
- Patient Education: Opioids & Benzodiazepines
- Patient Education: Tapering Off Opioids
- Patient Education: Naloxone and Opioids
- Patient Education: Alternative Pain Management
- Patient Education: Pain Expectations
*Required by law to be distributed to patients receiving a new opioid prescription.
Prescription Drug Disposal
The Prescription Drug Disposal page offers information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, permanent prescription drug disposal sites and free prescription medication mail-back envelopes.
FREE MATERIALS FOR YOUR PATIENTS
You can order materials for your patients at no cost through the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse (VADIC).
Available materials include:
- ParentUp resources for parents to talk to their kids about substance use
- One More Conversations resources for patients who are pregnant
- Do Your Part medication disposal information
- KnowOD posters with information for people who misuse opioids
- VT Helplink and 802Quits resources to get help
- Opioid prescriber posters primary care, pediatrics and dental offices
- SAMHSA "Tips for Teens" brochures
- and much more...