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Opiate abuse driving more kids into foster care in Addison County

Posted on September 12, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — A growing substance abuse crisis continues to drive more children into foster care in Addison County, say state officials charged with caring for Vermont’s youngest citizens. And, as a result, the need for foster parents continues to also rise.

Laurie Mumley, who recruits and supports foster parents as resource coordinator for the Department for Children and Families, remembers that when she started at the Middlebury DCF office three years ago the recruitment posters dramatically proclaimed that there were 55 children in custody.

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Opinion: Getting treatment for addiciton

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Jessi de Boer



This week’s writer is Jessi de Boer, who wrote this in coordination with the Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction. DeBoer, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed clinical mental health counselor, is coordinator of Adult Recovery Services at Counseling Service of Addison County.

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Top stories of 2015: #8 — Juvenile and drug cases flood an overwhelmed justice system

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Gov. Peter Shumlin shined a bright spotlight on the drug addiction problem in January of 2014 and, with a lot of help from many other advocates for those addicts, began to mobilize Vermonters to help solve the problem. But in 2015 it was clear that the opiate crisis is still ongoing. Drug addiction is still messing up previously promising young lives, causing heartache and fear in many, many Vermont families, and mounting untold costs to the economy.

The amount of disruption that drugs is causing was particularly clear to those who come in contact with the courts.

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Juvenile cases swamp Vermont courts; opiate addiction blamed

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Addison County judiciary are warning that a dramatic surge in the number of juvenile cases is stretching court staff to the limit and in some cases deferring the legal process for adult defendants whose cases must, by state law, take a backseat to justice for young victims and defendants.

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Sitting judge argues that court staffs are stretched too thin

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Superior Court Judge Robert Mello called fiscal year 2014 — which spanned July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014 — a record year.

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Emergency overdose kits offered free to public

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County in Middlebury is distributing free Narcan emergency kits to people seeking to have the substance handy for a friend or loved one at risk of overdosing on opiates.

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Vergennes to host substance abuse meeting on Wedesday

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The Vermont Department of Health will host a regional follow-up to the Governor’s Summit on Opiate Addiction from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at St. Peter’s Parish Hall at 85 Maple St. in Vergennes.

The agenda will include an overview of Addison County’s substance abuse treatment options and drug-related crime data; an overview of Rutland’s “Project Vision”; and an opportunity for input into how to move treatment programs forward.

 

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Leahy hearing highlights neet to address opiate abuse in Vermont

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



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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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