Burlington Leaders Announce New Initiatives to Fight the Opioid Crisis

Burlington, Vt. - The City of Burlington is uping its fight against opioids by partnering with community groups.

A number of new initiatives were announced Thursday, to fight the regional opioid crisis.

One of the goals is expanding the efforts of the CommunityStat group, which gathers data on the impact of opioid addiction. The group formed in November.

Some of that data shows worsening trends in the Queen City.

Mayor Miro Weinberger wants to make the data public to show the dangers of opioids, in hopes of curbing the problem.

"You're never going to eliminate opioid use or drug use. What our goal is however to free Burlington, free to region from this epidemic,"  said Mayor Weinberger.

Some of the other new initiatives include coordinating with the South Burlington and Winooski Police Departments, to help those struggling with addiction.

The University of Vermont has also renewed its efforts, focusing in three areas: safe prescribing, helping those who have addiction to get into treatment, and encouraging research on prescriptions and new treatment methods. 

The mayor says these initiatives are also incorporated into 11 principles, explaining the city's approach to the opioid crisis.

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