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Opiates and educating children

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Gov. Peter Shumlin focused almost exclusively on opiates in his State of the State address on Wednesday. Of course, prevention is key, and the governor said the education community can help by keeping kids away from drugs.

"Our schools also have a greater role to play. We know that risky behavior develops early in life and too often accompanies family difficulties and dysfunction. When parents struggle, children suffer, and we all pay the price for years to come. This is why we must continue our focus on the earliest years," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

Rick Davis is from the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children. Julie Coffey is with Building Bright Futures. They're devoted to making a difference in the early childhood experience.

They said when a child does not have a high-quality early childhood education they're 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, 40 percent more likely to become a teen parent, 50 percent more likely to be placed in special ed, 60 percent less likely to attend college, and 70 percent more likely to get arrested.

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