In bucolic Vermont, rising problem of painkiller and heroin abuse stirs a battle cry

  • by: WILSON RING , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 3:25 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state.