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Forgotten At Our Own Peril: The Opioid Crisis

Public attention shifted to COVID-19, but the opioid epidemic is ongoing.

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‘We’re Not Wired to be Isolated’

When the state prohibited large group gatherings, agencies and organizations that assist people in recovery from substance use disorder across Vermont pivoted to provide their services remotely. Learn how organizations maintained connections and continued to support people in recovery during these difficult times.

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Preserving Access to MAT During a Pandemic

Prescribing regulations for buprenorphine have been relaxed to keep recovery on track during Vermont’s state of emergency and stay-at-home order. Learn how providers are connecting with patients through video visits and phone calls.

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Vermont Recovery Services Are Now a Single Call Away

Vermont Department of Health launches VTHelplink Referral Resource to help people with substance use disorder access services during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn about VTHelpLink services.

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Expanding Education in Addiction Medicine

Grant supports creation of new curriculum for future physicians at Larner College of Medicine In 2013, the pioneering efforts of John Brooklyn, MD, UVM clinical associate professor of family medicine, catapulted Vermont into the spotlight as a national leader in the treatment of opioid use disorder with the state’s launch of the “hub and spoke” model. 

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Caring for the Caregivers

How Greg Freeman and the Occupational Health & Wellness team at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) help employees with substance use disorder who seek treatment build a plan for recovery and see it through. CVPH Helps Workers Overcome Substance Use Disorder Greg Freeman understands too well what a difference compassion makes for people with substance

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Too Much, Too Soon? Doctors, Researchers Warn Against Rapid Opioid Tapering

Jon Porter, MD, understands the complexity of the opioid-prescribing debate all too well. Dr. Porter is medical director of University of Vermont Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain Program, which includes alternative therapies to manage chronic pain. But he’s also a prescriber for dozens of long-term patients who continue to receive elevated doses of opioids. The welfare

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative Catches On

Unused medication collections expand amid addiction and environmental concerns. Imagine tossing a bottle of leftover medication into the empty bed of a heavy-duty pickup truck. Now, imagine a mountain of blister packs, pill bottles and boxes piling up to the point where it weighs more than the truck itself. That’s what has accumulated in less

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“By far the best period of my practice life has been in this work. And that’s not because it’s been easy or cheerful or un-challenging. On the contrary, it’s been quite challenging. “

During a stint treating inmates at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland, Dr. Porter found it satisfying to help those who struggled with addiction. Read more about his medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for patients with opioid use disorder.

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Addiction Recovery Channel Tunes in to Help and Hope

Stigma creates the biggest barrier to recovery, Ed Baker says, and banishing it is the key to helping people beat back the brain disease of addiction that has consumed too many.

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Hiring Individuals in Recovery

Aspenti is working to #StoptheStigma and you can too. Learn about the benefits to hiring individuals in recovery.

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"There's enough evidence now that what we're doing here is working."

Mayor Miro Weinberger shares how the City of Burlington is addressing the opioid crisis using a connected network of community organizations called CommunityStat. This action team is responding to the opioid challenge as a public health issue by coordinating police, public health and safety, and social services in Burlington and the greater community.

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Mobile Syringe Service Drives Harm Reduction Effort

Every Friday afternoon, Noorin Damji and Kristina Valentine, both second-year medical students at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, set off from campus to pick up the well-stocked mobile outreach van owned by a local nonprofit. Together, they drive north to rural communities in Franklin County, Vt., like Swanton, St. Albans and Enosburg

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Embracing Hope in the Face of Addiction

Kim Pratt doesn’t believe she’ll ever recover from the heartbreak of losing her 26-year-old son, Tyler Carter, to his decade-long battle with substance use disorder. But she says her “Embrace Hope” initiative helps her move forward by honoring Tyler’s memory while serving others who are affected by the opioid epidemic.   Three months after Tyler’s death

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Most primary care physicians don’t provide treatment for substance use disorder, but that is changing in Vermont

It was 2013, and a young man with opioid use disorder was invited to a meeting of senior leaders from the UVM Medical Center, government agencies and community organizations to share his story about the impact of a lack of treatment capacity in Chittenden County. He represented the hundreds of people on waiting lists at

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