Shumlin calls for limiting access to prescription opiates


MONTPELIER >> Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling for limiting the numbers of pills allowed in prescriptions for opiate painkillers, a new education program for young adults and divesting the state's investment portfolio of coal companies and fossil fuels.

Those were among the highlights of the final State of the State Address for Shumlin, who announced in June he will not seek a fourth two-year term.

The Democratic governor also voiced support for marijuana legalization, but said Vermont should hold off on permitting candies and other edibles that contain the drug's active ingredient.

Shumlin began his speech by talking up his record on job growth, renewable energy development and reducing Vermont's prison population.

He drew applause by pointing out several people in the audience, including two opiate addicts in recovery.


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