Elizabeth Kelsey


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

Kelsey: Vaping

Jan 14, 2019
Courtney Hillhouse

In the mid-twentieth century, “cigarette girls” distributed their wares in casinos, office workers puffed away at their desks, and parents lit up while the whole family gathered in the living room to watch TV. Then, in 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General declared cigarettes dangerous. With the public health campaigns that followed, smoking gradually disappeared from American lives.


Maybe it’s the haunting choral music that’s broadcast this time of year, or the fact I’ve returned to the cold of Vermont after an escape to South Florida, but the holiday blues have struck again. The proverbial magic of Christmas holds some dark shadows for me.

Gerry Broome / AP

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.