Shumlin to discuss Vermont drug treatment program

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to be speaking about the launch of an opiate treatment initiative in Rutland County.

Shumlin is prioritizing the opiate crisis since focusing his January State of the State address on the topic.

In the 2015 budget, he's asking for $760,000 to expand a rapid intervention program based on a successful Chittenden County model.

A news conference has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Rutland County Courthouse on the program, which handles low-level, drug-related crimes with treatment, rather than incarceration.

The Vermont Drug Task Force estimates that more than $2 million worth of opiates are trafficked into the state every week.

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