Overdose Prevention


Know OD provides harm-reduction information for people who use opioids about preventing and reversing overdose. healthvermont.gov/KnowOD

Overdose Reversal Medication

Naloxone – known by the trade name Narcan® – is a medication that can easily reverse an overdose when administered as quickly as possible after an overdose. Vermont Law (18 VSA ß 4240 (c)) allows health care professionals to 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. Learn more about naloxone

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VT Helplink alcohol and drug support center provides information, support and referrals for substance use treatment, recovery and harm-reduction services in Vermont. Find where you can get Narcan® and other overdose prevention resources. VTHelplink.org 

Medication for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) (formerly known as Mediation Assisted Treatment or MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder.

MOUD Resources

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) 101 - An introduction to Medication Assisted Treatment (September 2021)

MOUD Resources
MAT Rules: Medication Assisted Therapy for Opioid DependenceAny buprenorphine or methadone prescriber is responsible for complying with these rules.
Provider Clinical Support SystemResources for health professionals, patients and community. Includes consent documents as referenced in the MAT rule.
Opioid Treatment Screening Guidelines for HubsThe primary goal of MOUD is to improve overall patient wellness. It is recommended that a comprehensive screening for drugs misuse be completed upon entering opioid treatment programs.
MAT for Opioid Addiction: Fact SheetMAT fact sheet including assessing the evidence, dosage and treatment limits, MAT and pregnancy and risks.
MAT Guidelines for Women who are PregnantRecommendations for providers on the management of opioid dependence during pregnancy.
Morphine Milligram Equivalent Calculators

*DISCLAIMER: The links to morphine milligram equivalent calculators are placed here for the convenience of prescribers, dispensers, and patients. The State of Vermont did not design and does not maintain these calculators nor make any representation as to their accuracy. Relevant rules do not require the use of these, or any other, calculator. It is the responsibility of the prescriber to confirm calculations and to adhere to the limits imposed by any relevant rule or law and to exercise clinical judgement consistent with the standard of care

Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS)

The Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS) is a database of controlled substance prescriptions dispensed by Vermont licensed pharmacies that helps prescribers and pharmacists make better evidence-based clinical decisions and limit diversion. Learn more and access VPMS

Contact Us
Substance Use Programs (DSU)

Vermont Department of Health
280 State Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-8340


Additional Resources
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SAMHSA Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
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University of Vermont College of Medicine Office of Primary Care & Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program Opioid Prescription Management Toolkit for Chronic Pain Sustainable Solutions for Vermont
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Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain