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Vermont Governor Peter SHumlin. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Peter_Shumlin_2010.jpg">Hokeful</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter SHumlin. Photo: Hokeful, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Gov. Shumlin offers responses to heroin threat

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says heroin and addiction to opium-based drugs has grown into a full-blown crisis in the state.

Shumlin said during his state-of-the state speech Wednesday that the number of people seeking heroin treatment in Vermont has grown 250 percent since 2000 and it's up 40 percent in the last year.

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The Democrat is calling for treating drug addiction "as the immediate health crisis that it is" and asked lawmakers to appropriate money on treatment programs.

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott said he agrees that drug abuse is a critical issue that must be addressed but said he is concerned that the governor did not present any plan or strategy to creating the jobs and opportunity that Shumlin says is the best drug prevention.

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