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Local woman battles opiate addiction, finds hope with suboxone

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was New Year’s Eve 1998 when Cheryl Barrows got her first taste of heroin.

“I met this ‘wonderful’ guy in Rutland who put a needle in my arm and said, ‘This is wonderful stuff,’” recalled Barrows. “I looked out of the window, saw a pink cloud and my pain was gone. I felt nothing.”

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Brandon police organize war on heroin

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs/Brandon Reporter



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BRANDON — Drug dealers are people, too. That is a cold, hard fact of law enforcement that is frustrating many Brandon residents as known drug dealers continue to operate locally.

With the Brandon Cares community group gaining momentum in the local fight against heroin and opiate abuse, Brandon residents are learning more about addiction and treatment challenges. But they also question why, if local police know who is dealing heroin in Brandon, more arrests aren’t made to combat the problem.

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Opinion: Help is available locally for those struggling with drugs

Posted on November 24, 2014 |
By Bob Donnis



Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Mount Abraham Union High School student Abby Boss in reaction to the article she wrote (“Battle with Heroin Hits Home, Calls for Prevention”) for the school’s Bird’s Eyepublication, which ran in the Nov. 13 edition of the Independent. It is printed here with permission.

Dear Ms. Boss,

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Local man gives a face to heroin addiction in Vermont

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Kyle Pinkham could be your son, your nephew, your grandson, or your brother. A 2006 Otter Valley graduate, he was a good-looking, popular student-athlete who kicked the winning field goal to help the OV football team clinch the 2005 Division IV State Championship.

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Vergennes police nab pair in heroin sting

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Two Vergennes residents are facing felony heroin possession and sales charges after being snared in a successful sting operation by city police on Oct. 17.

Chelsea A Barrows, 22, and Mark K. Kennedy, 27, pleaded innocent to the charges at their Monday arraignment appearances in Addison Superior Court, criminal division. If convicted, they face penalties of up to five years in jail and/or a fine of up to $100,000 on each charge, according to court records.

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Emergency overdose kits offered free to public

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County in Middlebury is distributing free Narcan emergency kits to people seeking to have the substance handy for a friend or loved one at risk of overdosing on opiates.

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UPDATED: Four nabbed in Bristol drug bust

Posted on September 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Bristol police on Friday morning arrested four people on drug charges during a bust that also netted more than $4,000 in cash and thousands of bags of heroin.

Bristol Police Department Chief Kevin Gibbs said he believes the operation dealt a “significant hit” to a large, out-of-state drug operation. He added that in recent years he has seen a pattern of out-of-state dealers come to Bristol to operate.

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Turning Point hands out 69 Narcan kits

Posted on June 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County in Middlebury gave out 69 free Narcan emergency kits to a total of 29 people seeking to have the substance handy for a friend or loved one at risk of overdosing on opiates.

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Leahy hearing highlights neet to address opiate abuse in Vermont

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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RUTLAND — Monday was a good day for Karen Kane. While it was exciting and encouraging having Sen. Patrick Leahy hold a field hearing of his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Rutland on opiate abuse in Vermont, there was something even better. Just before the hearing began, Kane, of Brandon, learned that a spot opened up at the Mapleleaf Farm drug treatment center in Underhill for her 24-year-old son, a heroin addict.

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Police make big drug bust in Brandon

Posted on February 17, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Police acting on a tip seized over 400 bags of heroin and crack cocaine at a house on Carver Street in Brandon on Feb. 5 and made two arrests in the largest drug bust in Brandon’s recent history.

Brandon Police executed the search warrant at 43 Carver St. at 2:30 p.m. on that Wednesday after receiving information alleging illegal sales of heroin at that location.

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