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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.
Spotlight on Opioid Treatment During Pregnancy
Governor recognizes Dr. Marjorie Meyer in State of the State address Governor Phil Scott recognized the work of Marjorie Meyer,…
UVM Health Network’s collection sites for medication disposal
UVM Medical Center Outpatient Pharmacy 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT Drop-off location: Arnold Level 1 Drop-off availability: Monday through…
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…