Grant supports creation of new curriculum for future physicians at Larner College of Medicine In 2013, the pioneering efforts of John Brooklyn, MD, UVM clinical associate professor of family medicine, catapulted Vermont into the spotlight as a national leader in the treatment of opioid use disorder with the state’s launch of the “hub and spoke” model.  […]

Jon Porter, MD, understands the complexity of the opioid-prescribing debate all too well. Dr. Porter is medical director of University of Vermont Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain Program, which includes alternative therapies to manage chronic pain. But he’s also a prescriber for dozens of long-term patients who continue to receive elevated doses of opioids. The welfare […]

Unused medication collections expand amid addiction and environmental concerns. Imagine tossing a bottle of leftover medication into the empty bed of a heavy-duty pickup truck. Now, imagine a mountain of blister packs, pill bottles and boxes piling up to the point where it weighs more than the truck itself. That’s what has accumulated in less […]

It was 2013, and a young man with opioid use disorder was invited to a meeting of senior leaders from the UVM Medical Center, government agencies and community organizations to share his story about the impact of a lack of treatment capacity in Chittenden County. He represented the hundreds of people on waiting lists at […]

Kim Pratt doesn’t believe she’ll ever recover from the heartbreak of losing her 26-year-old son, Tyler Carter, to his decade-long battle with substance use disorder. But she says her “Embrace Hope” initiative helps her move forward by honoring Tyler’s memory while serving others who are affected by the opioid epidemic.   Three months after Tyler’s death […]

Catherine Huskisson spent about three years living with severe pain from fibromyalgia and finding few solutions that helped. Huskisson never liked taking medications and wanted to stay away from opioids to treat her pain. So she asked her primary doctor, “What else can you do for me?” Ultimately, the doctor referred Huskisson to the new […]

Alice Hyde nurses recount their experience with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Registered Nurse Courtnee Davenport has cared for newborn children and mothers at University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center for a decade. But she can remember her worst brush with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) like it was yesterday. That morning the […]