Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont

In this Wednesday,   Jan. 8,   2014 photo, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers the State of the State Address at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. Shumlin Shumlin highlighted opiate abuse in the state by devoting nearly his entire State of the State speech to it. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state.

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