Chittenden County overdose deaths dropped by half in 2018, from 35 to 17, even as the state tally continued to rise. Local officials have credited the drop to concerted intervention and response efforts, including the availability of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.
Still, the county experiences periodic spates of overdoses, which can sometimes be traced to the local drug supply. In January, the University of Vermont Medical Center treated seven patients for overdoses within seven hours. None of those patients died, state health officials said.