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Caring for the Caregivers
How Greg Freeman and his team at Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital help employees with substance use disorder build a plan for recovery and see it through.
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…
Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative Catches On
Unused medication collections expand amid addiction and environmental concerns.
“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. “
About five years ago, William Porter, MD, decided to stop working as a primary care physician and devote his practice to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for patients with opioid use disorder. He explains how the medication saves lives, and the gratification he gets helping people in recovery.
“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.
Mobile Syringe Service Drives Harm Reduction Effort
Every Friday afternoon, two 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 and deliver free packs of sterile hypodermic syringes, fentanyl testing strips and Narcan to people who inject drugs.
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…
Embracing Hope in the Face of Addiction
A mom works through her grief over losing her son by helping others.
Free Naloxone Kits Dispensed in Emergency Department – No Questions Asked
David Clauss, MD, medical director of the emergency departments of Elizabethtown Community Hospital and its Ticonderoga campus, says the kits have benefits beyond their potential to save lives.
Hiring Individuals in Recovery
As awareness of substance use disorders increases across the U.S., stigma remains a barrier to treatment and recovery. Aspenti is working to #StoptheStigma and you can too. Go to CCOAVT.ORG for your free guide on the benefits to hiring individuals in recovery.
UVM Medical Center Program Provides Alternatives to Medication for Patients with Chronic Pain
Catherine Huskisson was living with severe pain and finding few solutions that helped until she found the University of Vermont Medical Center's Comprehensive Pain Program.
Addiction Recovery Channel Tunes in to Help and Hope
35 years in recovery fuels inspiration for retired social worker Ed Baker’s local talk show on CCTV  Every month, when…