The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 33: Human Services

Chapter 7: OFFICE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE

33 V.S.A. § 701. Declaration of policy



§ 701. Declaration of policy

It is the policy of the state of Vermont that alcoholism and alcohol abuse are correctly perceived as health and social problems rather than criminal transgressions against the welfare and morals of the public.

The general assembly therefore declares that:

(1) alcoholics and alcohol abusers shall no longer be subjected to criminal prosecution solely because of their consumption of alcoholic beverages or other behavior related to consumption which is not directly injurious to the welfare or property of the public;

(2) alcoholics and alcohol abusers shall be treated as sick persons and shall be provided adequate and appropriate medical and other humane rehabilitative services congruent with their needs. (Added 1977, No. 208 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)