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Vermont deserves to celebrate the remarkable public health campaign that has pushed the state’s vaccination rate past 80 percent and dramatically reduced the threat of COVID-19. But as we savor the return to normal, we cannot forget that a different public health challenge has only become more urgent. Last year opioid-related deaths in Vermont were up 38 percent from 2019. But before the pandemic, Vermont was making progress in the effort to help people climb out of addiction, and it can do so again. Here’s how.

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