Nightly News   |  January 09, 2014

Vermont Gov. Focuses on Heroin Crisis

Vermont’s governor focused the entire state of the state address discussing the region’s problem with heroin. NBC News’ Brian Williams reports.

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>>> vermont did something highly unusual this week, devoting his state of the state address to a single topic, which may surprise some folks in another part of the country. he talked about what he called a full-blown heroin crisis gripping the state of vermont . the number of people seeking help for addiction there is over 700%. the governor is calling for more emphasis on treatment rather than a focus on punishment.