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Leahy hearing highlights neet to address opiate abuse in Vermont

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Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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SEN. PATRICK LEAHY describes concerns he has about the epidemic of opiate abuse during Monday’s hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Rutland while Rep. Peter Welch looks on. Advocates hope that Leahy’s senior position in Washington could help funnel funds to Vermont to help fight the drug crisis.

RUTLAND — Monday was a good day for Karen Kane. While it was exciting and encouraging having Sen. Patrick Leahy hold a field hearing of his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Rutland on opiate abuse in Vermont, there was something even better. Just before the hearing began, Kane, of Brandon, learned that a spot opened up at the Mapleleaf Farm drug treatment center in Underhill for her 24-year-old son, a heroin addict.

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