Elizabeth Kelsey

Commentator

Elizabeth Kelsey is an essayist and the addiction prevention coordinator for the Hartford Community Coalition.

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I’ve often been moved by the story of animal victims in the midst of human tragedy.

Bess O’Brien

“I don’t know if I’m supposed to be here,” I said. I was in a meeting room at the Turning Point, a peer-run addiction recovery center in White River Junction, and I was there to learn about the center’s Writers for Recovery program.

I didn't know that the current opiate crisis is actually the third such epidemic in our nation’s history. Nor did I know that genetic factors account for between 40 to 60 percent of a person’s vulnerability to addiction - or that Fentanyl and Carfentanyl are making heroin use more dangerous.