Vermont Department of Health

Burlington, partners taking new steps to tackle opiate crisis

It is “unmistakably clear that this opioid crisis has continued to deepen, taking lives at an unprecedented rate and ravaging the community,” the mayor said.

Others step up to meet rehab demand after Maple Leaf closure

The physicians working with Maple Leaf Associates have found space to see their outpatient clients, and other inpatient providers plan to add beds.

Maple Leaf closure leaves doctors, state scrambling to help patients

Close to 160 opioid-dependent patients receiving buprenorphine and counseling through Maple Leaf Associates outpatient services will now need to make other arrangements to continue their medication and therapy.

E-cigarette seller faces $50,000 fine over marketing

An industry group says the attorney general’s action may be a first when it comes to enforcing prohibitions on smoking cessation claims. The store owner denies all the allegations.

Lawmakers mull medical marijuana expansion

Many in the industry welcomed proposals to change the medical marijuana registry. Opinions on how it should be changed vary.

Blood donors needed, says Health Department

The Vermont Department of Health says blood and platelet donors are needed immediately because of severe weather that has canceled blood drives. The department says more than 250 blood drives in 30 states have been canceled so far this year. The department is encouraging anyone who can donate to make an appointment with the Red […]

Green Thumbs at Work: Employee Garden Grants Application Deadline Feb. 10

News Release — Vermont Community Garden Network Jan. 17, 2017 Contact: · Ashwinee Kulkarni, Vermont Department of Health, 802-859-5916, [email protected] · Libby Weiland, Vermont Community Garden Network, 802-861-4769, [email protected] The Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Gardener’s Supply Company, and gardening expert […]

State to brief public on PFOA test results and implications

The Jan. 26 meeting in Bennington will include information on how people were exposed to the contaminant and whether any links to health problems have been found.

Another member leaving Green Mountain Care Board

In other moves, Health Commissioner Harry Chen will keep his job through March, and former state Rep. Mike Fisher will go to the Office of the Health Care Advocate.

All-New Website Goes Public

News Release — Vermont Department of Health January 4, 2017 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Responsive design and intuitive navigation makes it easier for Vermonters to find the public health information they need BURLINGTON – After 12 months of preparation, the Vermont Department of Health today launched a newly redesigned and reorganized website […]

Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill to temporarily close next week

While the state is investigating complaints against the drug treatment facility in Underhill received in December, the closing was a decision between Maple Leaf’s administration and state officials because of staffing issues.

State sets limits on initial painkiller prescriptions

Doctors and other clinicians will be limited to prescribing up to seven days’ worth of opioid painkillers at a time for adult patients who don’t take them on a regular basis.

Chen won’t seek reappointment as health chief

Dr. Harry Chen will not seek to be reappointed as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health. Chen told his staff in an email Tuesday that he decided over the Thanksgiving holiday not to apply to continue under Gov.-elect Phil Scott’s new administration. “In the short run, I will finish out my appointed term through […]

Health Department Applauds New Federal Rule Banning Smoking in Public Housing

News Release — Vermont Department of Health December 2, 2016 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 BURLINGTON – Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD praised the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its approval this week of a new rule that requires a smoke-free environment in public housing residences. “This is a […]