Addressing Vermont’s increase in opioid overdose deaths
Vermont’s opioid overdose deaths have increased three years in a row. Part of the blame is the drug xylazine, which the White House calls an emerging threat. We'll talk to Vermont's health commissioner on plans to use opioid settlement money to bolster the state's response to addiction. And we'll discuss the importance of harm reduction with other health experts.
Our guests are:
- Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont commissioner of health
- Betsy Fowler, director of mental health and substance abuse services, Community Health Centers
- Theresa Vezina, executive director, Vermont CARES
Recovery and treatment resources:
- Call 2-1-1
- VTHelplink provides free, confidential, non-judgmental support and referrals to treatment, recovery, and other services: 802-565-LINK
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
- Vermont Crisis Text Line: Text “VT” to 741741
- Valley Vista Addiction Treatment: (802) 222-5201, email email@example.com
- Recovery House: Staff is available 24/7 to answer phone calls.
- Serenity House: (802) 446-2640
- Grace House: (802) 775-3476
- United Counseling Service: Phone (802) 445-3039
- Vermont Recovery Network: Phone (802)738-8998
- Green Mountain Area Narcotics Anonymous: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone (802) 265-6414
- Champlain Valley Area Narcotics Anonymous: 24 hour helpline (802) 862-4516 or toll free (866) 580-8718
- LUND Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment: Phone (802) 864-7467
- Narcan distribution locations in Vermont
- Substance abuse treatment for veterans
Broadcast live on Monday, April 17, 2023, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
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