Vermont Department of Health

Event featuring vaccine skeptics creates dilemma for officials

Andrew Wakefield, whose paper on autism was found to be fraudulent, will speak at Stowe High School. School officials are rethinking their policy on events put on by the public.

Liz Edsell: A wish for my first Mother’s Day

This week the Vermont Senate has one last chance to protect kids from toxic chemicals in 2017.

New addiction treatment facility opens in Vergennes

A new substance abuse treatment facility is up and running in Vergennes. Valley Vista, which operates a 72-bed facility in Bradford, began taking patients at the new 19-bed residential treatment location in late April. The opening of the new facility was streamlined after Underhill’s Maple Leaf Treatment Center abruptly ceased operations in February, sharply curbing […]

Rare virus gives Vermonters another reason to avoid ticks

The Powassan virus has a mortality rate of 10 percent, and researchers are looking into whether it might also play a role in Lyme disease patients who don’t recover well.

Vermont’s Residential Drug Treatment Centers Expand Capacity

News Release — Vermont Department of Health May 3, 2017 Media Contacts: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Valley Vista Rick DiStefano 802-318-5499 Recovery House Network Dale Robb 802-446-2640 BURLINGTON – Vermont’s two residential drug treatment providers have increased the number of available beds for inpatient treatment and are taking referrals, filling the need brought about […]

Vermonters dispose of more than 2.5 tons of unused medications for national prescription drug take back day

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2017 Media Contacts: Rebecca Kelley, Office of the Governor 802-828-6403 [email protected] Scott Waterman, Department of Public Safety 802-241-5277 [email protected] Bennett Truman, Department of Health 802.951.5153 [email protected] VERMONTERS DISPOSE OF MORE THAN 2.5 TONS OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS FOR NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY Montpelier, Vt. – As part of National […]

Vermont Health Professionals Recognized for High Childhood Immunization Rates

News Release — Vermont Department of Health’ April 28, 2017 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 April 22-29 is National Infant Immunization Week BURLINGTON – Nine physician care practices in Vermont have been recognized by the Vermont Department of Health for their high percentage of infants, children and teens immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. The […]

April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

News Release — Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Department of Public Safety April 26, 2017 Media Contacts: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Vermont Department of Public Safety Scott Waterman 802-241-5277 Clear out your Medicine Cabinet of Vermont’s Most Dangerous Leftovers BURLINGTON – More often than not, the misuse of drugs begins right at the family […]

Bennington top in state in tick-borne illness

Infectious disease experts note ticks can cause not only Lyme disease but other serious diseases such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

Science behind chemical regulation is point of contention

A bill would make it easier to regulate toys and envisions a database where consumers could look up the contents of products. An administration official says Gov. Scott may oppose the bill as written.

Presentations for Health Care Providers to Cover New Opioid Prescribing Rules

News Release — Vermont Department of Health April 18, 2017 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is conducting a series of presentations for health care professionals about new rules governing opioid prescribing. Presentations will be held April 18 in Burlington and April 20 in Rutland, and a […]

State hosting sessions on new opioid prescription rules

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health is hosting a series of presentations in the coming weeks to help familiarize health care professionals with new rules for prescribing opioids. A new law limiting the number of opioid painkillers a doctor can prescribe and requiring providers to counsel patients on the risk of addiction will take […]

Governor’s summit looks at training for addiction counselors

“We lack the number of qualified professionals we need today to treat Vermonters with substance use disorder,” said Gov. Phil Scott.

Delays for St. Albans treatment clinic ‘troubling,’ state official says

For years, hundreds of people in Franklin and Grand Isle counties have had to make daily trips to South Burlington or Newport, often using public transportation, to get treatment medicine.