Police Launch Drug Sweep In Bennington County

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.

Midday Newscast: November 12, 2008

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;

Midday Newscast: September 18, 2008

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;

Mental health group wants doctors, hospitals to reject gifts from drug industry

A leading mental health advocacy group is calling on doctors and hospitals to reject gifts from the pharmaceutical industry. The Vermont Association for Mental Health says the payments to doctors create a conflict of interest that could compromise patient care. But medical professionals say they are already taking steps to limit the influence of drug companies. VPR’s John Dillon reports.

House debates drug ‘data mining’ law

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.