- Associated Press - Sunday, April 7, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Burlington police have started a pilot project aimed at getting more people arrested for opioid related crimes into treatment.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says police started the initial screening this past week. He told mynbc.com that a specially training police employee has a “candid conversation” with the person in custody.

Weinberger says a large percentage of people committing the crimes have an opioid use disorder. He says the program will screen them and give them an opportunity when they’re arrested to consider going into treatment.

The mayor tells the television station that the cost of the program to the department is negligible but that could change if the program is expanded across every shift.

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Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com

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