The number of opioid overdoses in Vermont continues to climb, and the isolation brought by the winter and the pandemic makes things difficult for those in recovery, and those trying to use safely. This hour, we talk about what it’s like to be balancing the opioid crisis and the pandemic for those in recovery, and those who are helping people get to recovery.
Our guests are:
- Julea Larsen, supervisor of opioid response team at Turning Point Center of Bennington
- Ashlee Loyer, mother based in Burlington who has been in recovery for four years
- Greg Tatro, president and founder of Jenna’s Promise, a recovery community based in Johnson
Broadcast live on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at noon. Rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
- Call 2-1-1
- 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
The following conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Are people still accessing treatment and recovery resources through the pandemic?
We have a program that we run through the emergency room at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and we’re still seeing people coming through the emergency with substance use disorder, who aren’t receiving help because they’re isolated in hotels, lack transportation — a multitude of different reasons.
The need is still there.
I think what has happened is, we’ve created … this system, where when people are in hotels, their basic needs are being met. And so, while we’ve provided this great resource and we’ve been able to help people end homelessness… people aren’t having to seek out inpatient treatment beds as soon as they would if they didn’t have a place to go or they didn’t have somebody to come to, sometimes for the last resort.
But right now, we’re not really seen as the last resort, I guess.
What resources are available to people right now, to help prevent overdoses?