Vermont introducing overdose prevention centers

Vermont Passes Legislation For Overdose Prevention Centers

The house passed legislation for the state of Vermont to create overdose prevention centers.

Vermont is working to fight the rise in opioid overdose deaths.

The House passed legislation after emotional testimony that would allow for the creation of overdose prevention centers in the state.

Legislation includes safe injection sites – places where people can use heroin and other narcotics under the supervision of trained staff and be revived if they take too much.

Vermont has had record high numbers of opioid overdose deaths in recent years. In 2022, there were 243 deaths, according to a state representative.

Last year, the state had 180 overdose deaths in just nine months.

Supporters say these centers save lives and connect people with addiction treatment, mental health services, and medical care.

Those who opposed the bill say the centers would allow illegal drug use and enable drug users. They also raised concerns about minors using drugs.

Republican Governor Phil Scott vetoed similar legislation two years ago. The bill now goes to the state senate.