Hooked: Stories and Solutions from Vermont's Opioid Crisis

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About this Series

Kate O'Neill

In “Hooked: Stories and Solutions from Vermont’s Opioid Crisis,” writer Kate O’Neill chronicles the state’s opioid epidemic and efforts to address it. Her sister, Madelyn Linsenmeir, died in October 2018 after years battling opioid addiction. “Hooked” tells the stories of other Vermonters affected directly, and indirectly, by the crisis, and of the systems they pass through every day, including hospitals, courtrooms, testing clinics, treatment centers, needle exchanges, jails and recovery programs.

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Get Help

If you or someone you love is suffering from opioid use disorder and need treatment and support resources, here's how to get connected:

In Vermont:
Call 211, a free and confidential resource hotline provided by the United Way of Vermont.

Outside Vermont:
Call 1-800-662-HELP, a free, confidential 24-hour hotline run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Contact Us

Have a tip or a story to share about opioid addiction in Vermont?

Email Kate O'Neill at hooked@sevendaysvt.com.

You can also call or text a secure line anonymously at 802-222-0975.


Staff Writer: Kate O'Neill

Lead Editor and Project Manager: Paula Routly

Editors: Matthew Roy, Candace Page

Data Wrangler: Andrea Suozzo

Designers: Don Eggert, Rev. Diane Sullivan


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The series is reported and edited by Seven Days news staff; underwriters have no influence on the content.

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