Narcan / Naloxone Overdose Rescue

Narcan opioid overdose rescue kit

Vermont's Opioid Overdose prevention & Reversal Project

In 2013 the Vermont Legislature directed the Health Department to develop and administer a statewide pilot program for distributing emergency overdose rescue kits to people who are at risk for overdose, and to family members and others who may be in a position to help in the event of an overdose. No longer a pilot project after more than two years of experience, the Opioid Overdose Prevention & Reversal Project continues.

Opioids are a highly addictive class of drugs that includes pain relievers such as oxycodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl, street drugs such as heroin, as well as methadone used to treat opioid addiction. In an overdose, opioids can slow breathing to the point of death.

To save lives, the Health Department gives out a medication called nasal naloxone hydrochloride – known by the trade name Narcan® – that can easily reverse an overdose. When sprayed into the nose of a person who has overdosed, the medication blocks the opioids and restores normal breathing. To work, it must be administered as quickly as possible after an overdose. Narcan® is safe and easy to use. EMS and some police carry this medication. Family, friends and contacts of someone who could overdose can also get this medication from one of our partner community distribution sites listed below. 

Read the latest data brief on naloxone distribution.

Know the signs of overdose. Be ready to take action.

Signs of an overdose:

  • slow breathing
  • blue lips
  • unresponsive, unconscious

Take action:

  1. Call 9-1-1 and give your location. Say something like "my friend is unconscious and I can't wake him up" or "my friend isn't breathing",
  2. Start rescue breathing.
  3. Follow directions (in English and Spanish): Read how to give Narcan® nasal spray naloxone for suspected opioid overdose

IMPORTANT – 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.

Find Naloxone (brand name Narcan®)

Since 2014, the Health Department has partnered with a growing number of community-based organizations to distribute overdose rescue kits containing naloxone (brand name Narcan®). Individuals can get 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 465 Main Street, PO Box 454
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

112 Hardwood Way
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




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 August 2019.

Standing Order for Distribution of Naloxone

Vermont Law (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.

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.

Contact Us

Chris Bell
Director, Emergency Preparedness, Response & Injury Prevention
Phone: 802-863-7223