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Vermont opioid panel releases draft of strategies

December 28, 2017 05:01 AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A council created by Republican Gov. Phil Scott to address the opioid addiction crisis has released a draft report of recommended strategies.
    
The Vermont Opioid Coordination Council says deaths from opioid-related overdoses jumped 158 percent in Vermont between 2010 and 2016 and continue to rise. And it says more than half of the 266 young children in state custody are there due to opioid abuse issues.
    
The council recommends developing a continuum of care for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their children; expanding the number of Vermonters in recovery who have jobs; and implementing a statewide system for delivery of school-based prevention programs.
    
It also recommends expanding medication-assisted treatment in correctional facilities as well as creating a drug prevention messaging campaign, among other strategies.

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