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$6.6 million Federal Grant Establishes Rural Center of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders
Building on current strategies to address opioid addiction, the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Medical Center will…
“People are using substances like opioids to manage the pain of life. Sometimes, the pain people experience are understandable reactions to life adversity.”
Sandra Steingard, MD of the Howard Center talks about how the public discourse regarding mental illness and drug use has been centered on a conceptualization of these problems as “illnesses like any other.”
“We want to create an environment where individuals affected by opioid addiction know they are welcome, and we want to help without judgement.”
The emergency department at UVM Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital and its Ticonderoga Campus, led by David W. Clauss, MD, seeks to reduce stigma and erase judgment when treating patients with opioid use disorder.
Caring for the Most Vulnerable Victims of the Opioid Crisis: Newborns
UVM Health Network - Alice Hyde Medical Center nurses recount their experience with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
“I really love this job, because it helps deepen my own recovery.”
Hilary Denton, a Peer Recovery Coach with Turning Point Center of Central Vermont, describes her work supporting patients struggling with substance use disorders who seek treatment in the Emergency Department at UVM Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center.
Howard Center Conference Focuses on Connection
Celebrated speakers discuss value of personal relationships for those struggling with substance use and mental health challenges
Innovative Local Partnership Attracts New Funding to Support Addiction Recovery Efforts
UVM Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center secures new grant to continue innovative response to opioid crisis in partnership with the Washington County Substance Abuse Regional Partnership.
Inventing the Wheel
Vermonters craft the “hub and spoke” — the first effective clinical approach to treating widespread opioid addiction.
“We have to own our piece of it and hold each other accountable.”
Stephen Leffler, MD, saw the opioid epidemic develop first-hand treating patients in UVM Medical Center’s Emergency Department, and now helps shape the response to it as a senior leader. He shares his perspective on how we got here, what seems to be working and what challenges lie ahead.
“We are working to address prevention, treatment access, recovery supports and employment for people with substance use disorders.”
Christine M. Johnson, Executive Director of the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, explains how the community can help those struggling with opioid addiction with treatment, compassion and understanding.
Grant fuels research and expansion of rapid-access medication assisted treatment at UVM Health Network hospitals
People ready to begin the journey of treatment for opioid use disorder now have a new place to start: In the Emergency Department.
Together, we are making an impact
The University of Vermont Health Network works in partnership with community and government agencies across our region to fight the opioid epidemic. Together, we are making significant progress in expanding treatment and reducing death from overdose, researching new alternatives and continuing to help those struggling with substance abuse disorder find a healthier path forward. This site is designed to highlight progress and give voice to our stories of hope, challenge and promise.