- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Key facts in the year since Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin made the fight against heroin and opiate abuse the centerpiece of his State of the State address:

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN TREATMENT:

More than 2,517 people were in treatment at the end of November 2014, up from 1,702 about a year ago. The Howard Center Chittenden Clinic, which has had the most demand, is treating 972 clients - a 40 percent increase from the 690 a year ago.

WAITING LISTS FOR TREATMENT:

The waiting list for placement is 523, with the most - 276 - waiting for treatment at the Howard Center in Burlington. The average wait time for the Howard Center Chittenden Clinic dropped to 146 days by November 2014, down from 436 days in May of last year. The Howard Center Chittenden Clinic has about 220 on the active waiting list compared to about 820 people in December of 2013.

OVERDOSE DEATHS FROM HEROIN OR PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS:

The full data for the year is not available yet. For the first three-quarters of 2014, there were 53 deaths compared to 72 in all of 2013. That number had climbed from single digits over the previous decade.

OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE:

133 lives have been saved from an anti-overdose drug that can be administered by first-responders.

FIGHTING OPIATES-BUDGET:

$5.2 million in fiscal year 2014; $13.2 million for fiscal year 2015.

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