The Heroin Problem, a VPR impact series

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VPR’s four-part series looks at the impact heroin has on Vermont as families, communities and state agencies respond to problems that stem from heroin addiction.

Part 1: Portrait of a recovering addict
The heroin problem. From Brattleboro to Saint Johnsbury, communities are holding meetings to address the growing concern about the drug. Vermonters are looking to town officials, social service agencies and law enforcement for explanations and solutions. This week as VPR examines the heroin problem, we talk first with a recovering addict.

Part 2: “Here Today” documentary follows six families in Vermont
A new documentary that examines Vermont’s heroin problem is being shown throughout the state. Filmmaker Bess O’Brien is hoping the movie will raise awareness about how serious the problem has become. (Times and locations for film showings are available at this link.)

Part 3: Drug-related crimes use police resources
Police officers are among those on the front lines of the heroin and substance abuse problem. How law enforcement agencies are responding to the need for increased drug enforcement.

Recent VPR reporting on heroin in Vermont:

Massachusetts methadone clinic turns away Vermonters
A Massachusetts-based methadone program used by recovering heroin addicts in Vermont says it has no more room. The situation has created problems for Vermonters seeking treatment because the state currently has no methadone programs. (October 2, 2002)

St. Johnsbury residents discuss needle exchange program
Since it began operating three weeks ago, a needle exchange program in St. Johnsbury has been the subject of heated debate in the community. A community forum was held Tuesday night to exchange information and air concerns about the program. (August 28, 2002)

Five arrested in Lamoille County heroin bust
A bail hearing is scheduled Tuesday for five Lamoille County residents indicted on charges of heroin distribution, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Burlington. Officials said police seized 90 bags of heroin, some cash and drug paraphernalia Monday. (August 26, 2002)

Burlington may open methadone clinic
If all goes according to plan, Vermont’s first methadone clinic will open later this summer. The Burlington facility is a partnership between the Howard Center for Human Services and Fletcher Allen Health Care. (July 3, 2002)

Arrests made in heroin conspiracy ring
Six people have been arrested for a drug conspiracy operating between Yonkers, New York and Burlington. The charges follow an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and police departments in Yonkers and Burlington. (May 24, 2002)

Advocates Ask Legislature for Drug Treatment Programs
Recovering substance abusers and their advocates came to the Statehouse today to urge lawmakers to create more treatment and recovery programs for addicts. (April 1, 2002)

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