46 suspected drug dealers are in police custody
after what officials are calling one of the largest arrest sweeps in Vermont history.
More than 100 law enforcement
officers conducted simultaneous raids in locations in and around Bennington.
Attorney General William Sorrell
enforces a state law that requires the pharmaceutical industry to report how
much they spend to market their products. But
the law also allows the companies to keep secret the names of the providers who
State officials want to know whether waste from an old asbestos mind in Lamoille County was used on local roads or construction projects; a group of Franklin County doctors wants to fight prescription drug abuse by requiring patients to sign a contract when they seek pain drugs;
State unveils new program to help Vermonters reduce their home energy use this winter; Two groups involved with mental health care want to know which Vermont doctors got thousands of dollars last year in gifts from drug companies;
leading mental health advocacy group is calling on doctors and hospitals to
reject gifts from the pharmaceutical industry.
Vermont Association for Mental Health says the payments to doctors create a
conflict of interest that could compromise patient care.
medical professionals say they are already taking steps to limit the influence
of drug companies.
VPR’s John Dillon reports.
Last year, the Legislature passed a law that limited the
amount of information marketers could get on the drugs that doctors prescribe.
But a lawsuit was filed over whether the action was also a
limitation on free speech.
On Tuesday, the House debated whether to
repeal the law altogether or to delay it.