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The Vermont Senate Chamber in Montpelier. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Senate hears challenge of opiate treatment

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont lawmakers are learning of the challenges of meeting the needs of people who are addicted to heroin and other drugs.

Bill Young, the head of the Maple Leaf Farm residential drug and alcohol treatment and recovery center in Underhill, told the Senate Health and Welfare committee Thursday that estimates say 50,000 Vermonters need substance abuse treatment every year and don't get it.

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And efforts to encourage people to get treatment means there will be more people in the system.

The Vermont Legislature has been working to address a growing problem with addiction to heroin and other opium-based drugs.

Committee Chair Sen. Claire Ayer says the discussion is part of efforts to learn about different addiction treatment programs. The committee is not now considering any specific legislation.

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