Vermont Kicks the War on Drugs

The state is tackling its heroin epidemic through public health efforts instead of a criminal justice crusade

Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

In an April exposé, Rolling Stone magazine called “bucolic” Vermont “the new face of heroin,” contrasting its wholesome maple-syrup-and-flannel image with a frightening epidemic afflicting small New England towns and snatching the souls of its young people.

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