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Confronting the Opioid Crisis

Stories of partnership, innovation and discovery
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 use disorder find a healthier path forward. This site is designed to highlight progress and give voice to our stories of hope, challenge and promise.

In The News


“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.
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)
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.


“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.
Inventing the Wheel
Vermonters craft the “hub and spoke” — the first effective clinical approach to treating widespread opioid addiction.

“I was surprised and inspired by the treatment going on in primary care settings. I think this new treatment paradigm will change the course of opioid addiction and recovery.”


Richard Rawson, PhD
Vermont Center on Behavior and Health