College of St. Joseph will host Captain Matthew T. Birmingham IV of the Vermont State Police at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, to discuss Vermont’s growing drug-trafficking problems, with special emphasis on Rutland drug-trafficking issues.

Birmingham is head of the Vermont Drug Task Force, and special security to the governor. He is a highly-regarded law enforcement official, and a key player in Vermont’s struggles against heroin trafficking and related issues.

Topics will include the gel capsules combining methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin and possibly crack cocaine responsible for a rash of overdoses here last summer. According to Birmingham, at the time that potentially lethal combination had surfaced only in Rutland, not in other parts of the state.

The talk will take place in room 105 of St. Joseph Hall. It is free and open to the public.