Phil Scott’s Statement on Recent Spike in Opiate Overdoses

Montpelier, Vt. – Phil Scott today issued the following statement on the recent spike in opiate overdoses:

“The recent spike in opiate overdoses in my hometown of Barre is an important reminder of the dangers of addiction and the work we still have ahead of us as a state to combat this public health crisis.

“Earlier this month, at an event with members of the Vermont Sheriffs’ Association in Rutland, I laid out my comprehensive plan to combat opiate addiction.  Addiction – and opiate addiction specifically – affects all Vermonters. It isn’t just a city problem or a young people problem or a Vermont problem – it has become an issue for all people in all communities across the nation.

“My 10-point Opioid Action Plan focuses on facilitating collaboration to strengthen our education/prevention, treatment and enforcement strategies.

“As Governor, my administration will work with partners in local and federal government, and with health care providers, to ensure that Vermont has a long-term, forward-thinking approach to addiction prevention and recovery.”

To learn more about Phil’s 10-point Opioid Action Plan, visit the plans page on our website here.

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