Hooked: Stories and Solutions from Vermont's Opioid Crisis
Hooked: Stories and Solutions from Vermont's Opioid Crisis

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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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If you or someone you love is suffering from opioid use disorder and needs 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 and her editors at hooked@sevendaysvt.com, send a private email to Kate at kate@sevendaysvt.com or call or text her 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


This series is made possible in part by funding from:

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