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Vt. starts support program for addicts' families

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's office in Vermont has started a support program for family members of people who have died from using heroin.

The Bennington Banner reports Aimee Stearns, the victim-witness coordinator for the office, said the program consists of a three-hour presentation by an expert dealing with unexpected deaths. The expert will be available to meet with families. The office wants to create a statewide network of families who have lost someone to addiction.

The free program is scheduled to be held at the U.S. Attorney's office in Burlington on March 26.

Gov. Peter Shumlin made addiction the central topic of his State of the State address, saying he would commit funding towards the problem.
Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com