Distribution of naloxone, the opioid-overdose antidote, naloxone at community sites in Vermont during the first year of the pandemic, a recent state report shows.
Until then, naloxone distribution had increased steadily since 2014, according to the report.
Distribution sites around Vermont handed out 6,691 naloxone kits in 2020 — 20% fewer than the previous year’s 8,381 kits.
The number of recipients also decreased by more than a third, from 2,170 people in 2019 to 1,337 in 2020, according to a Dec. 17 data brief from the Vermont Department of Health.
The naloxone kits have been distributed to opioid users, and to their family members and friends, by community-based organizations involved in the state’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Project.
The program was established in 2013. The following year, community sites gave out 1,447 naloxone kits to 1,029 clients.