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Perspectives

“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.