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How are we handling the opioid overdose crisis? Local discussion

David Mickenberg, Danielle Wallace and Ian Sullivan will talk about the drug crisis at a Monday panel at Ilsley Library.

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont citizens are invited to an engaging discussion on drug policy in the Green Mountain State this evening, Monday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury.

Three local professionals will discuss their experiences navigating the opioid crisis here. Ian Sullivan, Rutland County state’s attorney, will talk about his experience running a drug treatment docket as an alternative to traditional prosecution.

Danielle Wallace, executive director of the Turning Point Center of Addison County in Middlebury, will describe the programs offered right here in Addison County, how she sees the situation shifting locally, and what roadblocks her organization faces in helping people succeed in their recovery.

The third panelist is David Mickenberg, a long-time drug policy reform advocate who has been representing the Drug Policy Alliance in Montpelier for the past several years. He will fill listeners in on recent reforms to Vermont’s drug laws, and what cutting-edge solutions are being worked on both here and nationally.

Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney, will moderate the discussion. The event was organized by the Addison County Democrats.

Admission is free and open to the public. For those who can’t make it in person, it will stream on Middlebury Community Television’s Youtube streaming channel.

 

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