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The Opiate Crisis: Stories and Solutions

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The Opiate Crisis: Stories and Solutions presented by Vermont PBS and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.

Join us in studio for a live Television broadcast of a panel discussion, exploring the opiate crisis in Vermont. The live panel follows the broadcast of Bess O’Brien’s Here Today, along with moderator/host Fran Stoddard and a panel featuring health professionals and Vermonters in recovery. Panelists will take questions from a live audience and viewers at home, discussing a way forward for Vermont in the opiate crisis.

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Host: Fran Stoddard

Fran Stoddard is media producer and communications strategist who has been involved in educational and public relations media production and strategy for 30 years. A national award-winning producer/director of video programs, Fran served as producer/host of Vermont Public Television’s weekly "Profile," interview program for more than a decade. She has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Hunger Free Vermont, the Vermont Journalism Trust, Burlington City Arts, Vermont International Film Foundation, and Vermont Public Radio. Recently, she has produced works and consulted with clients including the Orton Family Foundation, High Meadows Fund, and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, for video distribution on the web and at conferences. She also serves as a host, moderator and/or facilitator for events and national podcasts.

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Bess O’Brien:

Bess O’Brien latest film is All of Me a new film on eating disorders. The film is currently in release. Bess O'Brien is the director/producer of the documentary film The Hungry Heart based on the prescription drug crisis in Vermont and the compassionate work of Dr. Fred Holmes. The film won the American Society of Addiction Medicine 2015 Award for outstanding media, the PRISM AWARD from the Entertainment Industry Council in Hollywood and was honored by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin as the film that served as a catalyst for opiate addiction awareness in the state of Vermont.

Fred Holmes:

Fred Holmes, MD is a practicing Pediatrician in Saint Albans, VT. Dr. Holmes graduated from University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1967 and has been in practice for 50 years. He completed a residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Holmes also specializes in Adolescent Medicine. He currently practices at Mousetrap Pediatrics and is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Center.

Branden Del Pozo:

Brandon del Pozo was appointed Chief of Police of Burlington, Vermont in September 2015. Prior to assuming leadership of Vermont’s largest municipal police force, he served for nineteen years in the New York City Police Department, where he retired at the rank of deputy inspector. While at the NYPD, he commanded the 6th and 50th Precincts and served on the staff of the police commissioner and chief of department. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the NYPD’s intelligence liaison to the Arab Middle East and India, based out of Jordan’s capital city of Amman. Chief del Pozo is currently a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and was the 2016 recipient of its Gary Hayes Memorial Award for Police Leadership. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Chief del Pozo has completed the coursework for a doctorate in political philosophy from the City of New York Graduate Center, to include receipt of the enroute master’s degree.

Raina Lowell:

Raina Lowell is a mother, community outreach coordinator in northern Vermont and author of the "How to Love a Drug Addict" blog. She appeared in the 2013 documentary film "The Hungry Heart". As part of her journey toward recovery, Raina received care at the Brattleboro Retreat. For those of us struggling with an alcohol or drug problem, the Retreat offers a wide range of addiction treatment options ranging from short-term hospitalization to outpatient counseling.

Steve Kline:

Steve is a parent of someone in recovery, 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 in St. Johnsbury for 10 years.

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