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Crime is nourished by untreated mental health, poverty, hunger, substance abuse, and a tidal wave of available guns and unwanted children. What if we addressed the elements that feed crime, instead of just locking up offenders?
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Vermont saw the greatest percent increase in opioid deaths in the country. During that same period, state distribution of naloxone — an opioid overdose antidote — has nearly tripled, according to health department data.
Federal, state and local authorities moved in Friday morning with warrants at two residences in the Orange County town of Washington.
The Vermont Department of Health said Narcan distribution sites can temporarily stop using the data collection form as opioid overdose deaths continue to mount.
The report recommended changes in Vermont’s sentencing laws.
A higher-than-normal percentage of arrests are happening after accidents occur, meaning drunken drivers are sometimes being caught too late.
James Bassett and Samuel Fuller admitted to conspiring with two Connecticut men in the scheme, which involved more than 40 grams of fentanyl and 28 grams of cocaine base, prosecutors say.
The out-of-state defendants, who were held on bail, are facing up to 60 years behind bars and $2 million in fines if convicted.
Several of those accused face charges of selling fentanyl, the supercharged opioid.
The owner of Almighty Peaks Painting told a DEA agent that he started selling heroin because so many of his employees used the drug, “it was an easy way to pay them."
The opiate crisis isn’t primarily driven by out-of-state dealers but by Vermonters’ demand for drugs and eagerness to sell them to each other, police suggest.
The bill would reduce the penalty for amounts of drugs that addicts commonly have for daily use. The violations would be misdemeanors, rather than felonies.