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Vt. gets $10M grant for drug treatment program

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Vermont is getting $10 million to fight addiction.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, announced the federal grant Friday. It will help expand early intervention programs and treatment for people with or at risk of addiction. It's called Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment or SBIRT.

"This is all part of a comprehensive approach to this problem, to this public health crisis of addiction and substance misuse. We've spent a lot of time talking about that bottom 4 percent, when we talk about the Care Alliance and methadone and overdoses... but this is about preventing that 25 percent from moving on to that 4 or 5 percent," said Dr. Harry Chen, the Vermont health commissioner.

Shumlin wants the grant to target people in their teens and early 20s, low income and people who are less likely to seek help.

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