RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- State officials are marking the opening of Vermont's fourth regional treatment center to help treat people with opiate addictions.
Gov. Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen on Tuesday will mark the grand opening of West Ridge Center for Addiction Recovery in Rutland.
The center is the fourth of five regional treatment centers that will make up a system of care called the Care Alliance for Opioid Addiction, a statewide partnership of treatment centers and clinicians to provide medication-assisted therapy for Vermonters addicted to opioid drugs.
Chen says the goal is recovery through an approach that combines treatment with counseling and support.
The Health Department says that in 2000, 399 Vermonters sought treatment of opiate addiction. In 2012, the number was 3,472.