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Brenda Siegel on Drugs

 

 


Emphasize harm reduction not arresting low-level traffickers

Asked if Vermont should consider increasing sentences for those who import fentanyl into the state, and what else the state might do to reduce the drug's deadly impact, Scott suggested that the state may need to renew its attention on enforcement.

Siegel replied that arrests are usually concentrated on low-level traffickers who suffer from substance use disorder themselves, not "kingpins," and instead nodded to criminal justice reform. She said Vermont should emphasize "harm reduction first," referring to policies focused on mitigating the most severe outcomes of substance use. And she said the state should ensure treatment and recovery on demand, including medically assisted treatment, and better fund mental health services.

Indeed, Siegel immediately brought up Scott's˙veto of a bill last session˙that would have commissioned a feasibility study on opening an overdose prevention site.

Source: VT Digger on 2022 Vermont Gubernatorial race , Sep 16, 2022

Harm reduction, treatment & recovery on demand

Source: 2022 Vermont Governor campaign website BrendaForvermont.com , Aug 14, 2022

The War On Drugs is both racist and classist

Brenda Siegel joined other drug law reform advocates in blasting Gov. Phil Scott for vetoing a bill that would have eliminated sentencing disparities between crimes involving crack and powder cocaine. "The War On Drugs is both racist and classist and to veto a bill that should be such an easy yes shows the Governor's unwillingness to use data, science and lived experience experts to meaningfully address the overdose crisis in this state," Siegel said in a statement.
Source: Seven Days on 2022 Vermont Gubernatorial race , May 20, 2022

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