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Vermont is located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is the 6th least extensive in terms of area, and 2nd least populous state in the nation. Vermont is the only New England state which doesnt border the Atlantic Ocean. Half of Virginias western border of the state is formed by Lake Champlain which is shared with the state of New York, and it is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and Quebec to the North. The capitol of Virginia is Montpelier, with a population of nearly 8,000 making it the least populated capital in the nation. The most populous city in the state is Burlington which had a total population is 42,417 in 2010, making it the least populous largest city of a state in the nation. The total population of Virginia as of 2012 was 626,011, with the center of population residing in Washington County. An estimated 98% of Virginia residents are non-Hispanic Whites.
Vermont Drug Use Trends
Nicknamed "The Green Mountain State", Vermont is home to 626,562 residents (2014 census). With its New England charm, picturesque mountains and many lakes tourism plays an important role in the state's economy. Over the years, residents of Vermont have increased their alcohol and substance abuse. Similar to other states, prescription drug addiction is a serious threat to residents. In 2013, prescription drug addiction was the leading reason behind individuals receiving Vermont drug rehab treatment. Coming in a close second was heroin addiction. Due to the state's location, many drug dealers headed to Montreal, Boston, New York and Philadelphia make their way through Vermont trafficking heroin along their journey.
Heroin in Vermont
As big-city drug dealers move through Vermont they traffic heroin and other addictive substances throughout the state at inflated costs. For example, a bag of heroin that would cost $5 in a big city such as Boston or New York City sells for $30 in smaller towns in Vermont. The number of heroin users continues to grow in Vermont each year. Statistics show that in 2000 an estimated 399 individuals received drug rehabilitation services for heroin addiction in the state. This number grew to 2,102 individuals receiving heroin addiction treatment in Vermont during 2013. The majority of individuals receiving heroin addiction rehabilitation during 2013 were between the ages of 21-30 years old.
- The per capita rate for individuals being treated for heroin and opiate addiction in Vermont is the second highest in the United States.
- During 2013 there were 21 fatal heroin-related overdoses in Vermont.
- In January 2014, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's entire State of the State message was on the topic of heroin use, abuse and addiction in Vermont.
- Vermont has created a "hub-and-spokes" treatment program comprising a network of statewide treatment centers and local physicians who provide medication-assisted treatment for recovering heroin and opiate addicts.
- Drug courts in Vermont are working to help recovering addicts with non-violent drug charges and who have successfully completed treatment and counseling to have their charges dismissed. Statistics show that relapse rates for these individuals are lower than for individuals who do not go through the drug court program.
Vermont's Prescription Drug Problem
In 2013, the leading reason behind individuals receiving drug addiction treatment in Vermont was prescription drug addiction. Popular prescription drugs of abuse in Vermont include OxyContin, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Xanax, Diazepam and Ritalin. Residents gain access to prescription drugs through a number of different sources including doctor-shopping, internet sales, theft and diverted prescription drugs from Mexico and Canada. Due to the growing number of residents struggling with opioid addiction, The Opioid Addiction and Treatment Care Alliance for Opioid Dependence was created (part of the "hub-and- spoke" treatment program). This statewide partnership of physicians and treatment centers deliver addiction services and medication assisted therapy to residents struggling with opioid addiction.
- 2,525 individuals enrolled in Vermont drug rehab centers for prescription drug addiction problems during 2013, comprising 26.6% of all Vermont drug rehab admissions that year.
- 49.7% of the individuals receiving prescription drug addiction treatment during 2013 in Vermont were male and 50.3% were female.
- The largest age group enrolled in Vermont prescription drug addiction rehab during 2013 was between the ages of 26-30 years old.
Substance Abuse among Young Adults in Vermont
In December 2014, The Vermont Department of Health Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs released a statewide summary. Surveying Vermont residents ages 18-25 the survey was designed to gather data about substance among young adults in Vermont. This survey included statistics from 3,200 young adults living in Vermont and the administration anticipates conducting a follow-up survey in the spring of 2016.
Key findings of this survey reveal:
- 55% of those surveyed reported binge drinking within the 30 days before the survey
- 37% of the survey's young adult population had used marijuana in the 30 days prior to the survey
- 15% stated that they had driven after using marijuana whereas only 4% stated they had driven after consuming too much alcohol
- 17% of the young adults surveyed acknowledged misusing prescription drugs within the past year - 11% stimulants, 7% pain relievers and 4% sedatives
How to Help
Holding an intervention is one of the ways family and friends can help their addicted loved one. When a person's addiction problem is affecting their health, preventing them from functioning normally and impeding in their everyday life an intervention can shed light on the addict's addiction problem and spur them towards getting the help they need to stop using. This process often requires a trained addiction interventionist who can assist the family and friends in the process. The skills the interventionist brings to this meeting includes the ability to prevent the addict from feeling alienated or defensive about the intervention, working with the loved ones of the addict on how to prepare for the intervention, keeping the intervention on track during the entire process and locating a treatment facility that is able to enroll the addict immediately following the intervention. It is important that all individuals participating in the intervention keep the process quite until the actual event. This prevents the addicted person from preparing for the intervention in advance or choosing not to show up at all. When the date, time and location have been chosen a designated person will be responsible for making sure the addicted person arrives at the intervention and the process begins. As each family member and loved one speaks to the addicted individual they will explain how the addiction has affected them and often give an ultimatum if the individual refuses to accept help. When this process does not result in the addicted person accepting help, another intervention can be held in the future to reiterate the person's continued need for addiction rehabilitation.
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