Vermont details progress in opiate abuse fight

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BERLIN (AP) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin, substance abuse experts and medical personal say progress is being made in Vermont's fight against opiate addiction.

Shumlin said Tuesday that Vermont has expanded drug treatment programs with more than 2,500 people in treatment, up from 1,700 in January.

The state also has hired a statewide director and expanded the use of pre-trial risk-assessment programs in which drug abusers get treatment and avoid going to court.

Vermont also has distributed overdose rescue kits saving 67 lives so far.

Shumlin also co-chaired the National Governor's Association's Drug Abuse Academy, a six-state policy academy, with a goal to help Vermont develop a system for eliminating prescription drug abuse. New England states and New York are also working together to fight the problem in the region.

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