- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Four Vermont health centers will be getting more than $1.2 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to help treat heroin and prescription drug abuse.

The money will be used to support the health centers in Burlington, Rutland, Randolph and St. Johnsbury improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today.

She says expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers will help about 124,000 new patients get substance abuse treatment.

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