"Rapid Intervention Program" Begins in Rutland County

By Lauren Maloney

Published 02/03 2014 08:26PM

Updated 02/03 2014 08:36PM

Rutland County, Vt. - Another move to fix Vermont’s drug problem was announced Monday morning. Rutland County started it's "Rapid Intervention Program" to deal with opiate addicts and violent offenders.

The program offers a treatment option for drug addicts as opposed to jail time.

Prosecutors say law enforcement will focus on punishing drug dealers and dangerous offenders.

The program is already active in Chittenden County.

Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan says it's more affordable than locking addicts up.

“We’re doing this for pennies on the dollar, much more effective, much more cost effective in the community and I think we’re going to produce better outcomes and enhance our public safety and save tax payer dollars,” Donovan said.

Lamoille and Caledonia counties are set to get the Rapid Intervention Program next. 

In 2011, a Vermont filmmaker teamed up the US Department of Justice to make a short documentary about the problem.

The filmmaker now made "The Opiate Effect" public, to help combat the problem.

To watch it, click here.

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