The fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic gets some help from Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.
On Tuesday, Senator Leahy introduced legislation in Washington that would give grants to law enforcement to investigate trafficking and support task forces.
“I am not here just to praise the good work in my state. I am here to work for my state and all state coping with this drug addiction scourge,” said Leahy.
According to the release Vermont’s task force has received $1.4 million dollars in grants under Leahy’s efforts.
However, the report said ongoing support is needed for the program and needs authorization under the appropriate committee.
The Vermont Drug Task Force has seen a significant increase in heroin investigations, it’s up seventy percent over the same period last year.
“I am proud of our small state, where law enforcement and community leaders have joined together to take a comprehensive and constructive approach to fighting addiction,” added Leahy.