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2021 was the deadliest year yet for Vermont opioid overdose deaths. These people saw it firsthand

New research shows racial disparities in opioid overdose rates, with the rate of deaths among Blacks growing faster than other racial and ethnic groups.
New research shows racial disparities in opioid overdose rates, with the rate of deaths among Blacks growing faster than other racial and ethnic groups.

Live call-in discussion: Opioid addiction and deaths spiked across the country during the pandemic, including from a record number of Vermonters. In all, the state Department of Health reported 210 Vermonters died from opioid overdose deaths in 2021. This hour, we'll hear from Vermonters who have experienced opioid addiction and who are working with people in recovery.

A graph showing fatal overdoses from fentanyl, heroin and prescription opioids in Vermont from 2010 through 2021.
Vermont Dept. of Health
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The latest data from the Vermont Dept. of Health for fatal opioid overdoses shows a soaring number of deaths from fentanyl, even as heroin overdoses decline.

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Broadcast live at noon on Tuesday, April 12, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Mikaela Lefrak joined Vermont Public in 2021 as co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined Vermont Public in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.