Tucked up in the northeast corner of the United States, Vermont is possibly best known as the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. It also has the distinct appearance of being a flipped-over version of its neighbor, New Hampshire. While it is a small, lowly populated state, it is also one with a long and storied history. Vermont has the distinction of being only one of four US states that was once a sovereign nation. This is because Vermont was its own republic for fourteen years after the beginning of the Revolutionary War and before joining the United States. It was the fourteenth state, the first to join the Union after the original thirteen colonies.
Vermont has come a long way from its fascinating beginnings, but it still has the least-populated state capital in the country and consists mainly of small towns. Small towns such as these can often be breeding grounds for drug addiction, and Vermont has been no exception. Many areas in the state have very high levels of drug abuse.
Here are several other facts about the state of drug addiction and drug rehab in Vermont.
Drug Use Statistics in Vermont
Here is the primary information on drug use in the state of Vermont:
- Vermont is one of the top ten states for illegal drug use among teenagers 12 or older.
- 13.73 percent of Vermont residents admit to using illegal drugs in the past month, which is much higher than the national average 8.82 percent of Americans in general.
- The number of Vermont residents that die as a direct result of their drug use is much lower than the national average. In Vermont, 9.2 out of every 100,000 people die as a direct result of using drugs, whereas the national average is 12.8 people per 100,000.
A Look at Vermont’s Most Abused Drugs
Vermont’s residents use a variety of drugs. Here is specific information about current trends in the state.
- Marijuana has been steadily declining in usage in the state. After a high of being responsible for 60 percent of all drug treatment admissions in 1994, marijuana has dropped to being responsible for only 26 percent of admissions in 2011.
- Cocaine and crack are slowly but surely declining in usage and in treatment admissions. They now account for less than all other drugs in the state, at slightly less than 10 percent.
- Meth has continued to flat-line along the very bottom of the graph in terms of drug treatment admission.
- Prescription drug abuse has continued to skyrocket in Vermont. It has shot up 40 percent in the past ten years and is now responsible for about 50 percent of all drug treatment admissions.
Vermont Drug News
One time-tested method for lowering the danger of prescription drug abuse is to get abusable drugs out of the hands of the patients they were prescribed to. Vermont is using this method to collect unused prescription drugs from its residents. On the recent Drug Take Back Day, Vermonters could go to one of 57 sites to drop off expired or unused drugs with no questions or judgment from law enforcement. These extra pills are often the main source of pain pills that end up getting abused, so taking them back from the public and destroying them can help lower abuse rates and unintentional deaths.
The recent Take Back Day was a success with 3,405 pounds of prescription drugs being collected across the state.
Information on Vermont Drug Treatment
In order to obtain lasting freedom from drugs, it’s important to get educated on the real dangers of these substances. Visit our main site to start learning more about drug abuse and what you can do about it.
Information Sources for Vermont
WhiteHouse.gov – Vermont Drug Control Update: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_vermont_0.pdf
Wcax.com – 57 Vt. Drop-off sites for Drug Take Back Day: http://www.wcax.com/story/23755661/drug-take-back-day-sat-57-drop-off-sites-in-vt