“We’re trying to rehabilitate people — and also our community,” said Gregory Tatro, whose late sister lives on through the nonprofit Jenna’s Promise recovery network in Johnson.
The tally for January to April is lower than the 67 deaths recorded in the same period last year, but it’s 22 percent higher than that of 2020.
Becca Balint and Molly Gray answered questions from the public on how they plan to provide more resources to Vermonters affected by substance use disorder.
The panel unanimously passed the bill, H.162, which would decriminalized small amounts of the opioid treatment drug, after it stalled for a year. It now heads to the House floor.
Access to buprenorphine treatment equals harm reduction, saving lives and reducing health care costs.