Opiates and Substance Abuse

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America, and Vermont, long ago lost the War on Drugs. It is failed policy, and when treating matters of substance use disorder, we must move from punishment to rehabilitation as a first response. That means making treatment available on demand to every Vermonter struggling with opioid, alcohol, or another drug dependency. We must also redouble our efforts at drug use prevention, and in exploring further harm reduction strategies to lower the number of Vermonters lost every year to opiates.

Vermonters know first hand how tragic this epidemic can be. It is tearing at our communities. In the Senate, I will continue to be focused on how we can provide access to care and harm reduction to every individual struggling with substance abuse disorder, as well as prevention to those at critical age. We must begin to treat this issue as the public health crisis that is, not just a criminal offense.