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New program to help Vt. families deal with opiate abuse

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

There is a new program for families dealing with loss due to opiates. U.S. Attorney Tris Coffin announced a statewide, free support group for those who have lost family members to opiate overdose.

Coffin says there are numerous families in Vermont who have lost loved ones to drug overdoses. He wants those suffering with the loss to have a constructive place to relieve their grief.

"We set up this group with the idea that we'd like to have some person with some expertise available to help someone with an unexpected loss, and also try and draw people together in a mutual support group where they can have some shared bonds and experiences and help each other out," Coffin said.

The Justice Department allocated $5,000 to kick-start the program. Coffin plans for the first group meeting to be held in March. Click here for more information.

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