Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Rescue Program

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Rescue Program

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.

Get Naloxone

The Health Department 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.


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

VT Helplink is your statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services in Vermont. Helplink services are free and confidential. Find more information on VT Helplink services.

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 experiencing 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.

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

Brattleboro Groundworks Collaborative 60 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
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
Newport BAART Behavioral Health Services 475 Union Street
Newport, VT 05855
Brattleboro Habit Opco – Brattleboro 16 Town Crier Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301
St. Albans Howard Center – St. Albans 172 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
Burlington Howard Center – Safe Recovery Program 45 Clark Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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)

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

275 Brooklyn Street, Suite 2
Morrisville, VT 05661

Middlebury Turning Point of Addison County

54 A1 Creek Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

Bennington Turning Point of Bennington County 160 Benmont Avenue, 4th Floor
Bennington, VT 05201
Barre Turning Point of Central Vermont 489 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
Burlington Turning Point of Chittenden County 191 Bank Street, Suite 200
Burlington, VT 05401
St. Albans Turning Point of Franklin County 182 Lake Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
Rutland Turning Point Center of Rutland 141 State Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Hartford Upper Valley Turning Point 200 Olcott Drive
Hartford, VT 05001
St. Johnsbury Vermont CARES 1091 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Rutland West Ridge Center for Addiction Recovery 1 Scale Ave., Building 10
Rutland, VT 05701
Wells River Little Rivers Health Care 65 Main St.
Wells River, VT 05081
Springfield Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield 7 Morgan Street
Springfield, VT 05156
Burlington UVM Student Health Services

425 Pearl Street, Ground Floor 332
Burlington, VT 05401

Rutland Rutland Free Clinic 145 State Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Windsor Connecticut Valley Recovery Services

15 State Street
Windsor, VT  05089

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

220 Holiday Drive, Suite A
White River Junction, VT 05001

Brattleboro Turning Point of Windham County

39 Elm Street
Brattleboro, VT  05301

Burlington Howard Center – Act1/Bridge Program 802-488-6425
St. Albans BAART Behavioral Health Services 10 Crest Road
St. Albans, VT  05478
St. Johnsbury BAART Behavioral Health Services 1097 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
White River Junction Good Neighbor Health Clinic c/o Laura Byrne
70 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
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
Brattleboro Brattleboro Retreat Anna Marsh Lane
P.O. Box 803
Brattleboro, VT 05302
Montpelier Treatment Associates, Inc. 73 Main Street
Suite 27
Montpelier, VT 05602
Swanton Northern Tier Center for Health - Swanton Health Center 26 Canada Street
Swanton, VT 05488
Barre Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services 100 Hospitality Drive
Barre, VT 05641
West Lebanon Habit OPCO 254 Plainfield Road
West Lebanon, NH 03784
Randolph Gifford Medical Center- Kingwood Health Center

1422 VT Route 66
Randolph, VT 05060

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

199 Stratton Road
Rutland, VT 05701


Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

289 County Road
Windsor, VT 05989

Rutland Vermont CARES

1 Scale Ave, Howe Center
Bldg #18, Room #103
Rutland, VT 05701

Barre Vermont CARES People's Health and Wellness Clinic
553 N Main Street #5
Barre, VT 05641
Montpelier Vermont CARES 29 Main Street #14
Montpelier, VT 05602
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 2023.

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 [email protected] for information on naloxone training or becoming a distribution site.


Shelf-Life Extension of Narcan from 24 Months to 36 Months
Please see the most recent information from the manufacturer on the Revised FAQ Shelf Life Extension and Updated Storage Conditions 9.28.20v4 FINAL.pdf . In short, all Narcan stock should follow the expiration date printed on the individual blister pack.
Educational Materials

Email [email protected] for information on ordering printed materials.

Contact Naloxone Program

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Project
Phone: 802-863-7223
[email protected]