Opioid Overdose Prevention
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.
Vermont residents can now order Narcan for free and have it shipped to their homes, from the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). Fentanyl test strips will be included with the order. Xylazine test strips will be added at a later date.
Lethal Means Safety
The Center for Health and Learning (CHL) and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC), with funding from the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and in association with the Vermont Department of Health, 988 National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare, Inc. (VPQHC), United Way of Northwest Vermont, Moms Demand Action, Vermont Afterschool, Vermont Care Partners issued the 3rd edition of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Platform in August 2023. This document is a comprehensive guide to suicide prevention in the state of Vermont.