Obituary for woman with opioid addiction sparks donations

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A powerful obituary for a Vermont woman with opioid addiction has inspired more than 100 donations to a local recovery center from around the country and as far away as Denmark.

The family of 30-year-old Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir posted an obituary for her after she died Oct. 7 that appeared in several newspapers and has been widely shared.

Her relatives wrote that she first tried OxyContin at a high school party, starting a relationship with opioids that dominated her life. They wrote that drug addiction is not a choice or weakness and that people struggling with it need and deserve empathy and support.

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Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo questioned on Facebook why it took “a grieving relative with a good literary sense to get people to pay attention” when nearly a quarter-million people have already died the same way.

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