Overdose Prevention

Drug overdose is a community crisis throughout Windsor County and across Vermont. Overdose from opioids and stimulants containing fentanyl put lives at risk and can result in significant damage to individual health. While the challenge is serious, this is a crisis we can overcome as a community. Overdose death can be prevented with the right tools and circumstances. Together, we can save lives.

Since 2018, Windsor County has had the lowest rate of prescribing opioids in Vermont, and the second lowest rate of prescribing stimulants. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center takes our responsibility to control these substances seriously. But street access to these substances is a current reality, and are causing harm.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Get free Naloxone. Be ready to save lives.
    The Emergency Department at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center offers Naloxone nasal spray free to anyone 12 and older.
    You can get Naloxone safely and anonymously. You just fill out a simple form, without using your name, to help us understand more about substance use in Vermont.
    Overdose happens when too much of an opioid enters the brain and slows down the brainstem, causing the body to lose the urge to breathe. Naloxone, also called Narcan, is a nasal spray that works to reverse the symptoms of overdose. If you have Naloxone with you, you can save a life.
  • Never use alone.
    If you, or someone you care about, is going to use substances:
    • Use test strips to check for fentanyl (available through www.H2RC.org) or call 603-448-8887
    • Go slow – start with a small amount to test strength
    • Carry Naloxone/Narcan
    • Be with someone who can help (If you have to use alone, use www.NeverUseAlone.com to ensure your safety) or call 800-484-3731
  • Learn the facts.
    Watch these short videos to understand:
    • How overdoses happen
    • What to expect and how to respond when an overdose happens
    • Vermont’s Good Samaritan law that protects you when you administer naloxone/Narcan in good faith
Watch the "For Your Health: Substance Use Disorder: Help and Hope in the Emergency Department" video created by Green Peak Alliance.
Watch the "Preventing Overdose Death" video created by Green Peak Alliance.
Watch the "Vermont's Good Samaritan Law: An Interview with Erica A. Marthage, Esq." video created by Green Peak Alliance.
Watch the "We Are WorthWhile, Stories of Recovery in Vermont" video created by Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield, VT.

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