Syringe Exchange and Overdose Prevention

We recognize that recovery can be a difficult process. That’s why we offer a variety of programs for individuals of all ages and in all stages of recovery who want to become drug or alcohol free. Our compassionate staff will support you throughout your recovery process.

If you are new to Howard Center and are looking for services, please call our Access and Intake number at 802-488-6000.

Safe Recovery

For many people, the recovery process includes periods of use and non-use. Safe Recovery is a safe place for people to come to for support, even if they are currently using. Helping someone stay safe today, whether or not they are using today, is an important part of supporting their recovery.

As part of its harm reduction approach to the treatment of opiate use, Howard Center’s Safe Recovery program distributes

  • Free fentanyl test strips.
  • Free and anonymous Narcan overdose reversal kits.

In addition, the program offers:

  • HIV and Hepatitis C testing.
  • Syringe exchange program.
  • Low barrier, medication assisted treatment.
  • Drug treatment options counseling.
  • Referrals to treatment programs, including the Chittenden Clinic.
  • Referrals to community resources for housing, health insurance, and legal problems. It’s easier to be successful in recovery if other challenges such as housing and health care are addressed.

Unlike many Howard Center programs, clients do not need to have an appointment to receive services and may visit Safe Recovery at 45 Clarke Street in Burlington.  For more information by phone, call Safe Recovery at 802-488-6067 , our general access and intake number at 802-488-6000 , or First Call for Chittenden County, our 24/7/365 crisis service, at 802-488-7777.


Update: 7.26.19 | reprinted from WPTZ

Due to the three overdose deaths locally in the last several days, the police department is recommending the following:

  • Never consume alone;
  • Always have Narcan (naloxone) on hand and know how to administer it;
  • Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 in the event of overdose: Vermont’s Good Samaritan law will prevent your arrest for drug violations;
  • Use fentanyl test strips to know what you are taking and make educated decisions.
  • Police are urging potential users to seek medication-assisted treatment at UVM Medical Center Emergency Department or Howard Center Safe Recovery.