Vermont saw a 10 percent growth in opioid-related, accidental overdose deaths last year and while Lamoille County numbers dropped slightly and remain low compared to neighboring counties, local health officials are looking to combat what they see as a rising wave in an unabating health epidemic.

Last year, 239 Vermonters died from an opioid-related overdose, an increase from 217 deaths the year before, according to a preliminary report from the Vermont Department of Health released last month. In Lamoille County, eight people died, for a rate of about 31 per 100,000 residents, one less than the number of deaths in 2021 but four more than the number in 2020.

The Johnson Health Center

The executive team of the Johnson Health Center, Geoff Butler, Caroline Butler, Jenn Potter and Hailey Wilkinson.


Overdose reversal kits are disbursed widely by the health center in Johnson.

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