State leaders say there are no more waiting lists in Chittenden County at opioid addiction treatment facilities.
Authorities say at the Howard Center in Burlington there were over 750 people on the list in 2013.
“Addressing the waitlist for treatment in Burlington and across the state is an outstanding milestone, but we all know we have much more work to do across all 14 counties. This epidemic touches nearly every Vermont family. It has stolen the lives of those suffering from addiction, and any sense of peace from those who love them. But, we will continue to address this like the public health crisis it is and, together, we can end this epidemic,” said Governor Phil Scott.
Officials say the opening of a new program in St. Albans and the Howard Center’s expanded services has helped close caps statewide.
“I am very grateful that, during his first months in office, Governor Scott made opening the St. Albans Hub such a high priority, and that he is taking other important steps to get us to this longstanding goal of treatment without delay. We all know this is just the beginning of the effort it will take to turn this crisis around. I look forward to working with Governor Scott, Attorney General TJ Donovan, UVM Medical Center, the Howard Center, and all of our partners to continue this urgent work. said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.
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