Author: Colin Flanders

CVS to carry naloxone over-the-counter

Vermonters will no longer need a prescription to obtain naloxone — a fasting-acting drug that can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose — at CVS Health locations around the state, the pharmacy chain announced last week. Gov. Peter Shumlin joined CVS Heath at its Colchester branch on March 30 to applaud the pharmacy for establishing a standing order with physicians to provide the drug over-the-counter. In an overdose, opioids can slow a person’s breathing to the point of death. Naloxone reverses the effects by blocking the brain’s opioid receptors, helping to restore normal breathing. CVS will sell the...

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Village voters approve budget, articles

April showers of the snow variety weren’t enough to stop Essex Junction village voters from showing out for the Annual Village Meeting at Essex High School, where they approved a $3.95 million general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget represents an increase of roughly $150,000, or 4 percent, over the current year and was approved by a majority voice vote. Only $2.48 million of this budget will be raised through taxes, however, since $1 million will be transferred to the Essex Town budget to fund the village’s street department operating and paving costs. The consolidation is...

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