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Vermont Has A Heroin Problem

A picture of narcotics seized by police. Some Vermont lawmakers want to decriminalize possession of buprenorphine, an opioid that's often used to treat substance use disorder.
AP/Toby Talbot

Wed 5/22/13Noon & 7 pm  The number patients seeking treatment for heroin and prescription opiates in Vermont has risen significantly over the last few years. And the spin-off effects, like burglary, have also been in evidence in the state.

United States Attorney Tristram Coffin explains the depth of the heroin and opiate abuse problem. We also hear from Skip Gates, whose son overdosed on heroin, and about the documentary (“The Opiate Effect”) that his death inspired. To have "The Opiate Effect" shown in your school, contact the U.S. Attorney's office at (802) 951-6725.

You may also want to listen to these previous Vermont Edition programs on similar topics: Suboxone; Managing Pain against the risk of drug addiction.

Also on the program, Barbara Whitchurch, chair of the Vermont Human Trafficking Taskforce, explains what human trafficking in Vermont might look like and the work the network is doing. Suspected human trafficking can be reported in Vermont by calling 1-888-98-HUMAN or by calling the Polaris Project at 1-888-373-7888.

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