Crime and Justice

The Deeper Dig: An epidemic evolves

Powdered Fentanyl

Powdered fentanyl seized by authorities. Photo courtesy U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

[L]ike much of the country, Vermont has struggled to fight an epidemic of opiate addiction over the past several years. The number of opiate overdoses in Vermont has increased every year since 2014, and preliminary numbers from the first quarter of 2017 indicate the state is on track to set another record this year.

This week's podcast explores two ways the crisis has evolved. Morgan True describes a recent initiative to help high-risk individuals through coordination between law enforcement, social service agencies and others. Plus, Elizabeth Hewitt tracks the rise of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that accounts for an increasing number of accidental overdoses every year.

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Mike Dougherty

About Mike

Mike Dougherty is a senior editor at VTDigger leading the politics team. He is a DC-area native and studied journalism and music at New York University. Prior to joining VTDigger, Michael spent two years as a program coordinator for the Vermont Humanities Council. Before moving to Vermont in 2015, he spent seven years managing recording operations for the oral history nonprofit StoryCorps, assisted Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, and contributed to the Brooklyn-based alt-weekly L Magazine.


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