Twice as many people have died in car crashes so far this year compared to 2019. Opioid overdoses are up 50%. In both cases state officials say the pandemic is at least partly to blame.
Fewer regulations and related expenses for businesses will improve incomes, decrease housing expenses, encourage investment and instill hope. This will reduce suicides, domestic violence and illicit drug use.
A large drug-running operation involving Rutland residents and New York City-area individuals has been broken up in a sweeping crackdown by local, state and federal authorities, the Vermont Office of the United States Attorney announced Friday.
New Hampshire has announced the cancellation of its contract with the Granite Pathways Youth Treatment Center, following the recent hospitalization of teen residents who overdosed at the Manchester facility.
About a dozen law enforcement and drug treatment professionals met Monday evening at St. Johnsbury Middle School to discuss the state of the drug trade, drug addiction and where drugs are coming from that ultimately end up in Vermont.
A mother and daughter from Morrisville are headed to jail after getting caught selling hard drugs including heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone.
In addressing the opioid crisis, Vermont is nationally recognized for its leadership in treatment and recovery initiatives. The Vermont GOP must build on this important progress. Prevention must be the first and foremost weapon in this battle.
Purdue Pharma, which has earned $35 billion from the sale of OxyContin alone, has offered to pay $10 billion to $12 billion to settle the claims after meeting with at least 10 state attorneys general and plaintiffs’ attorneys in Cleveland last week.
The Vermont Drug Task Force recently completed a multi-week arrest sweep of 59 suspects charged with selling hard drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine.
Whether or not we are qualified or certified, we are all called to be recovery coaches. Truly, Vermonters, our communities must recruit more unqualified volunteers to serve in this field. It isn’t fair, or sustainable, to leave only the sick to care for the sick.
In the last episode of our three-part interview, Vergennes Chief of Police George Merkel explores the consequences that policy proposals like marijuana commercialization and safe injection sites are likely to have on local law enforcement overwhelmed with the opioid addiction and crime crisis.