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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seven Days Hires Kate O’Neill for a New Reporting Project on the Opioid Epidemic

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:52 AM

Kate O'Neill - JAMES BUCK
  • James Buck
  • Kate O'Neill
Burlington-based weekly Seven Days has launched a yearlong reporting project chronicling the opioid epidemic in Vermont and efforts to address it. The designated writer of “Hooked: Stories and Solutions From Vermont’s Opioid Crisis” is Kate O’Neill, who has personal experience with the crisis: Her sister, Burlington mom Madelyn Linsenmeir, died last October after years battling addiction.

O’Neill described her sister’s struggles in a heartbreaking obituary published locally in Seven Days. It spread quickly on social media, shared by national reporters and celebrities — even Ivanka Trump. Millions of people worldwide read it, and more than 1,000 left online comments describing their own experiences with addiction.

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