Overdose Response & Naloxone Training:

Vermont CARES offers a vital training focused on overdose response and the administration of naloxone (Narcan). By blending up-to-date information with practical harm reduction strategies, the training empowers individuals and communities to respond proactively to the evolving landscape of drug use. This training equips participants with:

  • Understanding of Opioid Overdoses: Learn what constitutes an opioid overdose and its underlying causes.
  • Recognition Skills: Acquire the ability to identify the signs and symptoms of an overdose promptly.
  • Naloxone Administration: Gain hands-on experience and knowledge on how to properly administer Narcan, a life-saving medication that can reverse opioid overdoses.
  • Emergency Protocols: Understand the importance of and procedures for calling 911 during overdose situations.


  • Good Samaritan Law Awareness: Familiarize yourself with the legal protections offered to those who assist during an overdose, encouraging more bystanders to act without fear of legal repercussions.
  • Post-Overdose Support: Learn how to provide essential support and care to individuals who have survived an overdose, ensuring their safety and guiding them to further resources if needed.
  • Resource Navigation: Discover local resources where additional naloxone kits can be obtained, ensuring continued preparedness.

Upon completing the training, participants are given the option to take a naloxone kit home, empowering them to potentially save lives in their community.