Weinberger, law enforcement back criminal statute on fentanyl

“We don’t need further study to know fentanyl is dangerous,” the mayor said, urging lawmakers to act. But some see issues with the proposed fentanyl-specific statute.

Document: Mix of drugs led to Fair Haven woman’s death

Alexandra Rooker, whose body was found at a Poultney man’s home in March, died accidentally as a result of substance abuse, according to her death certificate.

Drugs suspected as three die in Brattleboro

In two separate incidents Monday, emergency crews found two men dead and one woman who would later die. The deaths are under investigation.

Leahy presses anti-overdose drug’s maker on price hike

The pharmaceutical company has increased the price of a lifesaving drug injector more than sixfold over the last two years.

Overdose reversal drug cleared for wide sale over the counter

Officials said it’s more important than ever for drug users and the people close to them to have naloxone, commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan.

One dead, one alive after two Burlington overdoses in 24 hours

Burlington police say they responded to two drug overdose calls within 24 hours this week. On Thursday afternoon, police went to a home on Archibald Street after receiving a report of an overdose there, according to the Burlington Police Department. Although police administered the overdose reversal drug naloxone, the 27-year-old man died at the scene. […]

Ambulance services to get overdose reversal drug for free

While Vermont residents can get doses of the drug naloxone at no cost via a state-run pilot program, ambulance services have had to pay full price. But the state plans to begin purchasing and distributing naloxone for free to medics.

Two deaths, close call blamed on heroin in a month in Burlington

BURLINGTON — Police reported three heroin-related incidents in the past month, including two overdose deaths. Rup Paudel, 28, of Burlington, died at a Luck Street apartment April 13, according to a recent news release. Paudel was found unresponsive after consuming what police believe was heroin, but his usage did not indicate an intentional overdose, according […]

CVS hailed for selling overdose reversal drug without prescription

Through standing orders from physicians, the pharmacy giant will sell naloxone over the counter at its eight locations across the state, a company official said.

Report: Fentanyl-related overdoses increased in 2015

New numbers from the Vermont Department of Health show an increase in overdose deaths related to fentanyl in 2015. An [annual report on drug overdose fatalities] released last week shows that 29 people died because of accidental poisoning by fentanyl last year — 11 more people than the year before. Fentanyl, classified as a schedule […]