Prevent and eliminate the problems caused by opioid misuse
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Reduce unintentional opioid-overdose fatalities in Chittenden County by 25% over the next 2 years.
Story Behind the Curve
Updated July 2018
- Chittenden County: Much like the rest of Vermont and the US, opioid overdose fatalities have been increasing among Chittenden County residents. There was a 33% increase in fatal overdoses from 2016 to 2017. If you click on the “Trend Line Comparison” button in the top right corner of the graph, you can see that opioids were involved in 82% of all drug overdose deaths in 2017.
- Vermont: 2017 opioid-related fatality data appears to show we are beginning to bend the curve on the upward spiral of opioid-related fatalities in Vermont. After a 30% increase from 2015 to 2016 (from 74 to 96 deaths among Vermont residents); we see a 5% increase in deaths from 2016 to 2017 (from 96 to 101 deaths among Vermont residents). 
- United States: In 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in the United States, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than 1999. On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.  The social and economic costs of substance use disorder reach into every corner of our community, and affect both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. 
- Vermont Department of Health
- Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Promote widespread distribution of Naloxone (Narcan) 
- Raise awareness and encourage users to make safe choices 
- Lower the barriers to buprenorphine prescriptions and make treatment more accessible 
- Utilize evidence-based prevention strategies 
- Support recovery