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Confronting the Opioid Crisis

Stories of partnership, innovation and discovery
Making progress together
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.
Most primary care physicians don’t provide substance abuse treatment, 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…

Featured

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.
Embracing Hope in the Face of Addiction
A mom works through her grief over losing her son by helping others.
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.

In The News

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.
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…

Perspectives

“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