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Plans for Rutland opiate treatment center back on track

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

Plans to open an opiate treatment center in Rutland are moving forward again.

Last fall, the city and state were close to a deal to open a clinic at the Howe Center. The goal is to provide methadone and other treatment options for addicts who are fueling Rutland's drug-crime problem. Now it appears the plan is back on track.

"We are very excited. It's a good thing for the community. There is a big need out there. We are really appreciative that the hospital stepped up and the state was able to come to an agreement with the hospital," Rutland Police Chief James Baker said.

Officials at Rutland Regional Medical Center say the treatment facility will be a partnership between the hospital and the state. They hope to have it operational by October.

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