Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Rescue Program

PREVENT OPIOID OVERDOSE WITH NALOXONE NASAL SPRAy

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (such as prescription pain medication or heroin). When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death.

The 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 our partner distribution sites listed below.

The Good Samaritan Law provides some legal protection to anyone who gives naloxone or calls 9-1-1 in an overdose situation.

IF SOMEONE IS OVERDOSING, GIVE NALOXONE AND CALL 9-1-1

Get Help Now

Call 2-1-1 for free and confidential treatment and harm reduction resources or find information about Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment on this site

Recognize Signs of an Opioid Overdose

Common overdose situations

  • When tolerance is down due to not using, for example after being in jail, detox or drug-free treatment
  • When drugs are mixed, especially with alcohol or benzodiazepines
  • When using alone

Check for signs of overdose

  • Person is unconscious or not waking up
  • Doesn’t respond to shouting or rubbing knuckles on breastbone or between upper lip and nose
  • Person is not breathing normally
    •   Breathing very slowly or not breathing
    •   Snoring, choking, or gurgling sounds
Take Action to Save a Life

If you think someone may be experincing an opioid overdose, follow these steps: 

  1. Check for signs of an opioid overdose.
  2. Call 9-1-1.
  3. Give naloxone.
  4. Start rescue breathing and chest compressions.

 

Stay with the person until they go to the hospital. Someone who was given naloxone may be at risk for another overdose.

Find Naloxone in Vermont

The Health Department has partnered with a growing number of community-based organizations to distribute overdose rescue kits containing naloxone. Individuals can get naloxone as well as prevention and overdose response training designed and approved by the Health Department at these distribution sites.

TOWN ORGANIZATION CONTACT INFORMATION
Newport North Country Hospital 189 Prouty Drive
Newport, VT 05855
802-334-3210, Ext. 618
Berlin Central Vermont Addiction Medicine

300 Granger Road
Berlin, VT 05602
802-223-2003

Brattleboro Groundworks Collaborative 60 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-257-5415
Bellows Falls Parks Place 44 School Street Ext.
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
South Burlington Howard Center – Chittenden Clinic 75 San Remo Drive
So. Burlington, VT 05403
802-488-6450
Newport BAART Behavioral Health Services 475 Union Street
Newport, VT 05855
802-334-0110
Brattleboro Habit Opco – Brattleboro 16 Town Crier Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-258-4623
St. Albans Howard Center – St. Albans 172 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
802-524-7265
Burlington Howard Center – Safe Recovery Program 45 Clark Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802-488-6067
White River Junction HIV/HCV Resource Center – Syringe Exchange Program

70 North Main Street
White River Jct., VT 05001
802-295-1868 (M&Th 2:30-4:30 pm)
603-448-8887

Newport Turning Point of Newport – Journey to Recovery Center 58 Third Street
Newport, VT 05855
802-624-4156
St. Johnsbury Kingdom Recovery Center 297 Summer Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-751-8520
Morrisville North Central Vermont Recovery Center

275 Brooklyn Street, Suite 2
Morrisville, VT 05661
802-851-8120

Middlebury Turning Point of Addison County

54 A1 Creek Road
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-388-4249

Bennington Turning Point of Bennington County 465 Main Street, PO Box 454
Bennington, VT 05201
802-442-9700
Barre Turning Point of Central Vermont 489 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
802-479-7373
Burlington Turning Point of Chittenden County 191 Bank Street, Suite 200
Burlington, VT 05401
802-861-3150
St. Albans Turning Point of Franklin County 182 Lake Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
802-782-8454
Rutland Turning Point Center of Rutland 141 State Street
Rutland, VT 05701
802-773-6010
Hartford Upper Valley Turning Point 200 Olcott Drive
Hartford, VT 05001
802-295-5206
St. Johnsbury Vermont CARES 1091 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-9061
Rutland West Ridge Center for Addiction Recovery 1 Scale Ave., Building 10
Rutland, VT 05701
802-776-5800
Wells River Little Rivers Health Care 65 Main St.
Wells River, VT 05081
802-757-2325
Springfield Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield 7 Morgan Street
Springfield, VT 05156
802-885-4668 
Burlington UVM Student Health Services

425 Pearl Street, Ground Floor 332
Burlington, VT 05401
802-656-3350

Rutland Rutland Free Clinic 145 State Street
Rutland, VT 05701
802-775-1360
Windsor Connecticut Valley Recovery Services

15 State Street
Windsor, VT  05089
802-674-9400

Brattleboro AIDS Project of Southern Vermont 15 Grove Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-254-4444
White River Junction Bradford Psychiatric Association

220 Holiday Drive, Suite A
White River Junction, VT 05001
802-281-6364

Brattleboro Turning Point of Windham County

39 Elm Street
Brattleboro, VT  05301
802-257-5600

Burlington Howard Center – Act1/Bridge Program 802-488-6425
St. Albans BAART Behavioral Health Services 10 Crest Road
St. Albans, VT  05478
802-370-3545
St. Johnsbury BAART Behavioral Health Services 1097 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-6166
White River Junction Good Neighbor Health Clinic c/o Laura Byrne
70 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
802-295-1868
Burlington UVM Center on Behavior and Health Department of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
University of Vermont
UHC-SATC, Room 1415
1 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802-656-9987
Brattleboro Brattleboro Retreat Anna Marsh Lane
P.O. Box 803
Brattleboro, VT 05302
802-258-4388
Montpelier Treatment Associates, Inc. 73 Main Street
Suite 27
Montpelier, VT 05602
802-225-8355
Swanton Northern Tier Center for Health - Swanton Health Center 26 Canada Street
Swanton, VT 05488
802-868-2454
Barre Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services 100 Hospitality Drive
Barre, VT 05641
802-223-4156
West Lebanon Habit OPCO 254 Plainfield Road
West Lebanon, NH 03784
603-298-2146
Randolph Gifford Medical Center- Kingwood Health Center

1422 VT Route 66
Randolph, VT 05060
802-728-7709

Barre People's Health & Wellness Clinic 533 North Main Street #5
Barre, VT 05461
802-479-1229
Morrisville Treatment Associates, Inc. 65 Portland St.
Morrisville, VT 05661
802-851-8220
Rutland Bradford Psychiatric Association

199 Stratton Road
Rutland, VT 05701
802-775-7798

Windsor

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

289 County Road
Windsor, VT 05989
802-674-7224

Rutland Vermont CARES

1 Scale Ave, Howe Center
Bldg #18, Room #103
Rutland, VT 05701
802-748-9061

Barre Vermont CARES People's Health and Wellness Clinic
553 N Main Street #5
Barre, VT 05641
802-748-9061
Montpelier Vermont CARES 29 Main Street #14
Montpelier, VT 05602
802-748-9061
Standing Order & Vermont Law

Standing Order 

A standing order from the Commissioner of Health has been in effect since August 2016. The standing order allows any pharmacy to sell naloxone to any person who wants to have it, without a prescription. The order allows insurers and Medicaid to cover the cost so people do not have to pay out of pocket. The current order is effective through August 2021.

Standing Order for Distribution of Naloxone

Vermont Law for Health Care Professionals (18 VSA § 4240 (c))

This law allows health care professionals acting in good faith to prescribe, dispense and distribute an opioid antagonist to a person who is at risk of overdose – or to a family member, friend or other person in a position to help – so long as the recipient of the opioid antagonist has completed a prevention and treatment training program approved by the Vermont Department of Health. Unless acting recklessly, with gross negligence or intentional misconduct, a health professional who prescribes, dispenses or distributes an opioid antagoinist under this section shall be immune from civil or criminal liability, regardless of whether the opioid antagonist was administered by or to the person for whom it was provided.

Good Samaritan State Law Protects Individuals

You must call 9-1-1 after giving naloxone/Narcan® if emergency services have not already been contacted. You are immune from civil or criminal liability for giving naloxone so long as you do not act recklessly, with gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

About Vermont's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Project  

In 2019, 87 individuals administered naloxone in response to a perceived overdose; of those, 85 successful overdose reversals were reported. Learn more about this and other statistics in the latest data brief on naloxone distribution. 

Email naloxone@vermont.gov for information on naloxone training.

Educational Materials

Email naloxone@vermont.gov for information on ordering printed materials.

Contact Naloxone Program

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Project
Phone: 802-863-7223
naloxone@vermont.gov