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The Turning Point Center of Rutland is a nonprofit that provides services and a safe haven for those in recovery. Sherri Bergeron volunteers here three days a week; her own addiction began with prescription narcotics. (Nina Keck/VPR)
The Turning Point Center of Rutland is a nonprofit that provides services and a safe haven for those in recovery. Sherri Bergeron volunteers here three days a week; her own addiction began with prescription narcotics. (Nina Keck/VPR)
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According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 2 million people in the United States struggle with addiction to prescription opioid painkillers. Another 1 million are addicted to heroin.

Rutland, Vermont, a city of nearly 17,000 people, has been hit hard by addiction. But local residents are fighting back. Hundreds have come together to expand treatment options, reduce drug-related crime and reclaim troubled neighborhoods.

Nina Keck from Here & Now contributor Vermont Public Radio has the story of two Rutland women who mirror the city’s struggles and triumphs.

This story is part of State of Recovery, VPR's week-long look at the progress that’s been made in fighting opiate addiction in Vermont and the problems that remain. Read more here.

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  • Nina Keck, reporter at Vermont Public Radio.

This segment aired on March 9, 2016.

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