Contact: David Scherr, Co-Director Community Justice Division, 802-828-3189
Attorney General T.J. Donovan has launched a comprehensive website to provide Vermonters with information about Vermont’s opioid crisis. The new website provides an interactive map where Vermonters can locate treatment, prevention, and intervention options available. The website also provides basic information about opioids, updates about the investigation into drug manufacturers’ sales and marketing practices, and information about the work of the AG’s Community Justice Unit.
According to the Agency of Health and Human Services, each day an average of 116 people die in the United States from an opioid-related overdose. In Vermont, over the past five years, 455 Vermonters died from opioid-related overdoses, according to the Vermont Department of Health. “Helping Vermont through the opioid epidemic is a top priority of our office,” Attorney General Donovan added. “We are working every day to find new resources to help Vermonters, and to identify creative approaches to addressing this national crisis.”
The Opioid Project website includes an interactive map to allow Vermonters to identify available treatment, intervention, and prevention resources. It also includes updates about a multi-state investigation of whether drug manufacturers engaged in unlawful practices in marketing, selling, and distributing opioids. There is background information available about the work of the AGO’s Community Justice Unit. The Community Justice Unit was established in 2017 to support community justice programs that are informed by an understanding of addiction and its effect on individuals and their loved ones. The website also describes basic information about the crisis, such as different forms of treatment, the definition of opioid, and an explanation of the “hub-and-spokes” model of addressing the opioid crisis.
If you are a service provider helping Vermonters affected by the opioid epidemic and want to share your information on our webpage, go to http://ago.vermont.gov/opioids-project/ and fill out the form.
Last modified: August 2, 2018