Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation Wednesday, declaring February 14 as Recovery Day in Vermont. This designation recognizes the importance of substance use disorder recovery programs, and their critical role in addressing the opioid epidemic.
"The opioid crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing Vermont today," said Scott. "Thanks to organizations like Vermont Association for Mental Health and Recovery, along with the work of many others in state and local government, the Legislature, and our communities, Vermont has emerged as a national leader on this issue."
Scott has committed to building on and expanding the state's leadership on this issue, establishing an Opioid Coordination Council (http://www.healthvermont.gov/response/alcohol-drugs/governors-opioid-coordination-council) to strengthen the state's response (http://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/governor-phil-scott-and-his-opioid-coordination-council-release-report-strengthening), and focusing on prevention, treatment, recovery and enforcement across agencies and departments within the administration.
"Just last week, I had the honor of testifying before Congress (http://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/governor-phil-scott-members-his-administration-testify-congress-opioid-epidemic) alongside members of my Administration on the opioid epidemic affecting our nation," Scott continued. "Partners in Vermont's public and private sectors are working tirelessly to find solutions to curb this epidemic, and many from around the country and the world are turning to our state as a resource."
Recovery Day 2018 is sponsored by the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR), an organization that focuses on "People, Education, Advocacy, and Recovery." VAMHAR hosted events at the State House to share information, personal accounts and resources regarding substance use disorder treatment in an effort to provide access to those who are in need of treatment and recovery support.
To view the full proclamation, visit http://governor.vermont.gov/content/recovery-day-proclamation-18-012.
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