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Heroin gains a deadly foothold in Vermont

A flood of cheap heroin has thrust Vermont, land of green hills and sweet vistas, into an addiction crisis, a grave threat to younger residents and to a way of life

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — Every day, Samantha Emerson fights the craving that led her here, to a seat on the porch of a tattered home, under a leaking roof beside a trash-strewn yard.

The 26-year-old single mother of two has no job, cannot afford to fix her car, and faces eviction from a household where chaos is commonplace and opiates, which Emerson has worked hard to beat, remain a temptation.

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