- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s congressional delegation says the state is going to get almost $372,000 to fight the opiate epidemic that has been hitting the state for years.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch say the money from a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used to raise awareness of providers in the pharmaceutical and medical communities on the dangers of overprescribing opiates.

Vermont will also use the new resources to create prevention activities for parents, students, and others in the community on the dangers of misusing prescription medications.

The latest grant is on top of more than $15 million in grants the state received last year to combat opiate abuse.



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