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Bennington hopes for drug treatment center after State of the State

BENNINGTON -- Governor Peter Shumlin used his State of the State address Wednesday to highlight Vermonts growing heroin problem. He called for additional funding for treatment facilities to help those in need.

This is one of our major issues and one of our stumbling blocks right now is that we don't have a drug treatment center in Bennington County, said Amelia Silver, development director at Sunrise Family Resource Center.

Sunrise helps families struggling with a variety of issues, but has seen increasing cases of opiate addicts.

In the past several years we have seen our programs with increasingly higher with young first time mothers giving birth to babies that need to go through withdrawals, said Denise Main, family services director at Sunrise.

Silver helped provide information about the need in Southwestern Vermont to Shumlin for his State of the State address and hopes it will eventually lead to a treatment center in Bennington.

We really should be a hub because, you're probably familiar, we had a huge drug bust in Bennington last winter and yet we don't have a treatment center, said Silver. These are our friends, our families and our neighbors involved and I think the willingness to do something about it is increasing and now is the moment.