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The Opiate Crisis: Stories and Solutions

September 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury

Join Vermont PBS for a screening and panel discussion of ‘Here Today’, a documentary film by Bess O’Brien exploring heroin and the effects of addiction on families in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

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HOST: Fran Stoddard
Patti Fisher
Patti Fisher is a family medicine hospitalist and the medical director for case management and medical staff affairs at UVM Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Univ. of Texas and her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame. Her previous role was 10 years as the medical director for the Community Health Centers in Burlington, VT where she learned to work with people with chronic pain and substance use disorders. At the medical center she has been an advocate for increasing access to addiction services including medication assisted treatment in primary care, for improving access to modalities to treat pain and for responsible opioid prescribing by providers.
Steve Kline
Steve Kline is a parent of a daughter who passed as a result of addiction, and he and his family were featured in the film Here Today. Steve is part of Community Connections / Community Health Outreach at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, and on the board of the Kingdom Recovery Center, part of the Vermont Recovery Network. He and his wife Linda have lived in St. Johnsbury for 23 years. Steve is also on the DART (Drug Abuse Resistance Team), a grassroots group that has been in operation since 2000, and is recognized statewide for its efforts with substance use disorders. Steve has also been involved with the three Governor’s Opioid Summits, and in planning for the Upcoming IHC (Integrative Health Care) roundtable.
Jason Goguen
Jason Goguen is the Regional Director of Operations for BAART Programs in Vermont. BAART is a national opioid use disorder treatment and rehabilitation program. Jason oversees day to day operations for all BAART Vermont Locations, most recently adding a fourth clinic in St. Albans. He has worked in the Substance Abuse/Mental Health field for over 20 years, working with adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of settings. Jason has served on the Board of Directors for the Kingdom Recovery Center in St. Johnsbury, and continue to work closely with community partners across Vermont to fight addiction.
Margaret Drew
Margaret Drew is the co-founder and coordinator of the Kingdom Recovery Center and the Aries House where she worked for seven years. Margaret is also a member of DART-the Drug Abuse Resistance Team. Margaret is in the film “Here today” and has been in recovery for sixteen years. She is a proud Mother of two wonderful adult children.

The Opiate Crisis: Stories and Solutions is a state-wide event that includes two television film broadcasts, a live television panel discussion, and three in-person film screenings and robust discussions around the opiate crisis in Vermont. Each event at the Vermont PBS Studios in Colchester, Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, The Rutland High School, and Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, will include a live audience interacting with a panel representing the medical, social work, advocacy, enforcement, prevention and recovery communities. Together, these events will explore what we have learned over the last decade about opiate addiction, what has changed, what treatments and preventions are having real impact, and what we can do better. Each panel includes people in recovery and people on the front lines, as well as experts who will speak about statewide and local initiatives aimed at taking on the crisis.

More information, here.


September 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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