Those conversations are so often grim and heartbreaking, but here's a glimmer of hope — one strategy to fight drug trafficking in a Vermont town with a population of under 20,000 people seems to be working.
Rutland, Vermont, had developed a reputation as "heroin city," but now — partly thanks to something called "Project Vision" — drug-related crimes are down, hundreds of people are going into treatment and drug dens are being demolished.
David Kennedy was a big proponent of "Project Vision" — he's also well-known in Boston for helping develop the strategy that reduced gang violence in this city in the '90s, "Operation Ceasefire."
- "It’s morning, and local and State Police cruisers already are crisscrossing an opioid-ravaged neighborhood of this small city. Rutland police Sergeant Matthew Prouty slows to a crawl past boarded-up homes. His radio crackles with questions about an out-of-state license plate."
- "Block by block, this city in central Vermont has been fighting a heroin epidemic so entrenched that it has confounded all efforts to combat it."
This segment aired on November 24, 2015.