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The Debate Over Decriminalizing The Addiction Treatment Drug Buprenorphine

A July 23, 2018 file photo from Greenfield, Mass. showing packets of buprenorphine.
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A July 23, 2018 file photo from Greenfield, Mass., of packets of buprenorphine. On this "Vermont Edition," we're talking about the debate over decriminalizing unprescribed buprenorphine in Vermont.

A bill under consideration by the Vermont Legislature would decriminalize the possession of unprescribed buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid use disorder. Proponents say the bill would save lives; critics say it would send a dangerous message.

We're joined by Progressive Rep. Selene Colburn, of Burlington, lead sponsor of H.162 — the bill that would decriminalize the possession of unprescribed buprenorphine — and by Democratic Rep. William Notte, of Rutland City, an opponent of the bill.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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