Vermont governor weds longtime partner in small ceremony

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s ‘happy and hitched’.

The governor’s office says Shumlin and Hunt, an artist and landscape gardener, held a small ceremony Tuesday evening at their home in East Montpelier. BURLINGTON — The state is making efforts to tighten the rules surrounding the prescribing of opiates and relax the rules surrounding prescriptions to fight opiate addiction.

Peter Shumlin has introduced three rule changes designed to limit the number of opioid prescriptions in Vermont, as part of an overall approach to fighting the heroin and opiate crisis. In a statement, the 59-year-old governor and his 31-year-old bride say they “are so fortunate to have such a beautiful partnership.” The governor’s sister-in-law Evie Lovett performed the ceremony. — The Vermont Prescription Monitoring System Rule, requiring prescribers of controlled substances register and check the system before writing a prescription. — Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain, specifying that physicians must conduct and document a risk assessment, consider non-opioid and non-pharmacological treatments, and follow up with patients. Hunt is an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College and has been the governor’s companion since he took office in 2011, according to Scott Coriell, Shumlin’s press secretary.

We are fighting this battle on two fronts: helping those already addicted get into treatment and recovery, and stopping addiction from taking hold in the first place.” Since his 2014 State of the State address — which he devoted to Vermont’s opiate abuse epidemic — Shumlin has made the issue a cornerstone of his administration’s priorities. — Extending rules governing medication-assisted therapy for opioid dependence to Buprenorphine (Byew-prehn-OR’-feen), which stops cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The couple plan to live in Southern Vermont, where they both grew up, following the completion of the governor’s third term in office in January 2017.

Two weeks ago, he announced a program that would provide naltrexone — which prevents an addict’s brain from feeling the pleasurable effects of an opiate — to inmates leaving prison. Also today, UVM Medical Center CEO John Brumsted announced a new, weekly, hotline starting in January to help primary care physicians across Vermont treat patients who may be experiencing chronic pain. The ceremony, which the governor confirmed Tuesday after inquiries from the Vermont Press Bureau, was attended by just a few members of his family — his two daughters, Olivia and Becca, and his brother, Jeff Shumlin. “We ask for your understanding that you were not there. Second, before a doctor or nurse practitioner prescribes an opiate, he or she must screen the patient for risk of addiction and diversion of the drugs to others, and must inform the patient of the risk of addiction.

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