Burlington officials have called the city’s recent opioid overdose figures “alarming,” as numbers that spiked dramatically in 2022 remain elevated.

According to data from Burlington Police Department, 251 overdoses were reported in 2022. The department’s figures include any report of an overdose to which police responded, including fatal and non-fatal incidents.

During an update to the Police Commission on Tuesday night, Acting Chief Jon Murad highlighted the numbers the department has seen so far this year: 60 overdoses from Jan. 1 through March 15.

Murad told the commission the trend is “tremendously alarming.” In an interview on Friday, Mayor Miro Weinberger said he was “very concerned.”

“The nature of the opioid crisis has changed dramatically in this community with fentanyl in Vermont and we need to dramatically alter our response to it,” Weinberger said. “And I’m doing everything I can think of to do that, but we need a lot more.”

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