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.
- Nina Keck, reporter at Vermont Public Radio.
This segment aired on March 9, 2016.