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The Debate Over Decriminalizing The Addiction Treatment Drug Buprenorphine

A July 23, 2018 file photo from Greenfield, Mass. showing packets of buprenorphine.
Elise Amendola
Associated Press
A July 23, 2018 file photo from Greenfield, Mass., of packets of buprenorphine. On this "Vermont Edition," we're talking about the debate over decriminalizing unprescribed buprenorphine in Vermont.

A bill under consideration by the Vermont Legislature would decriminalize the possession of unprescribed buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid use disorder. Proponents say the bill would save lives; critics say it would send a dangerous message.

We're joined by Progressive Rep. Selene Colburn, of Burlington, lead sponsor of H.162 — the bill that would decriminalize the possession of unprescribed buprenorphine — and by Democratic Rep. William Notte, of Rutland City, an opponent of the bill.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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