Substance Abuse Assistance


If you suspect someone has overdosed, please call 911.

You Can Save a Life!

NARCAN (Naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray is a life-saving medicine used to treat known or suspected opioid overdoses with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. NARCAN is available at all pharmacies (insurance coverage varies), and you can discuss options with the pharmacist. To learn more about NARCAN or to view a training video, please visit the NARCAN website.

Recovery Coach & Program

Are you struggling with addiction or know someone who needs help? Burlington Police Department is hosting a Recovery Coach and Program Coordinator, who can make referrals to treatment for drug/alcohol use, connect you to support groups and provide other recovery resources.

Please contact them if you need assistance or have questions:

Drug Needle Kiosks in Burlington Police Department LobbySharps Disposal

Dispose of prescription medications and needles at the Burlington Police Department. Disposal units are available near the front desk, no questions asked.

Treatment Facilities, Resources & Support

Recognizing an Opiate Overdose

  • Blue lips or fingernails
  • Clammy, cool skin
  • No response to knuckles being rubbed or on breast bone
  • No response to yelling
  • The person will not wake up
  • Seizures of convulsions
  • Shallow, slow breathing

Overdose Risk Factors

  • Change in drug purity
  • Health issues
  • Mixing drugs such as opioids, benzos, and alcohol
  • A period of non-use
  • Surviving a past overdose
  • Using alone
  • Weight loss

For Treatment

Support for Family & Friends

For Information of M.G.L. Chapter 123-Sec 35 (Involuntary Commitment)

Recommended Reading

  • Addict in the Family by Beverly Conyers
  • It's Not Okay to Be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating your Family Alive by Andrew T. Wainwright
  • Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery by William Cope Moyers

Inpatient Detox/Treatment

Outpatient Detox/Treatment

  • AdCare Hospital (Door to door transportation provided)
    • Boston Phone: 617-227-2622
    • Worcester Phone: 800-345-3552 or 800-252-6465
  • Caritas NORCAP (Also has inpatient services)
    • Phone: 800-331-2900
  • CleanSlate Centers
    • Phone: 800-NEW-START
  • Spectrum Health Systems (Transportation from local train station)
    • Phone: 800-366-7732
  • Veterans Center (Also has inpatient services and provides door to door transportation)
    • Phone: 781-687-2347
    • Urgent Care Phone: 781-687-9700