Drug Rehab Vermont (cont..)
The most widely abused drug in Vermont is marijuana. Heroin and cocaine also pose significant problems throughout the state. Law enforcement officials note that methamphetamine does not pose a strong threat in Virginia due to its limited availability. Drug trafficking organizations utilize Vermont’s intersecting highways (I-89 and I-91) for access to large areas in Canada and the United States.
An estimated 1,100 citizens were admitted to Vermont drug rehab programs for cocaine abuse and addiction in 2003. Cocaine is one of the most widely abused drugs in Vermont, especially among college students. The distribution of cocaine in Vermont usually occurs in bars. Drug trafficking organizations usually obtain the cocaine from areas such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York most often with passenger vehicles. In contrast, crack cocaine and not as readily available in Vermont; it is mainly found in areas such as Burlington, Rutland, and Barre and is often obtained by drug traffickers in New York and Massachusetts. A reported 1.4 kilograms of cocaine was seized in Vermont in 2006.
3,426 individuals were reportedly admitted to Vermont drug rehab programs for addiction to heroin or other opiates from 2002-2004. Heroin is available in areas of Vermont, but is usually distributed by individuals who are supporting their own addiction to the drug. The main route of drug trafficking of heroin is from Massachusetts and New York through the use of automobiles. In 2003, there were 37 heroin offenses in the state of Vermont.
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Methamphetamine is not a large threat in the state of Virginia. Only two meth labs were seized in 2004 and that had been the first year for seizures since 1990. The production, distribution, and abuse of methamphetamine are extremely limited. The scarcity of clandestine methamphetamine labs in the state could possibly be due to the enforcement of laws that require precursors to be put behind the counter.
In the club drug scene, MDMA (ecstasy) is available in Vermont and is often seized at various port entries into the state such as Toronto or Montreal in Canada. In contrast, other club drugs such as GHB and Ketamine have a very low availability in the state.
Between the years of 2002 and 2004, there were 3,342 admissions to Vermont drug rehab programs for marijuana addiction. Marijuana is widely available in Vermont and is in demand. The drug is brought into the state from areas in the southwestern United States as well as Canada via automobiles, campers, and tractor-trailers. Canadian drug trafficking organizations grow the marijuana hydroponically and then distribute it to Vermont as a hub for areas such as Massachusetts, New York, and other states. Marijuana is not only transported into Vermont, some of it is grown locally through both large-scale and smaller-scale outdoor cultivation. The indoor of growing of marijuana is only on a small scale in Vermont. In 2006, federal agents confiscated 169.4 kilograms of marijuana.
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The most commonly abused prescription drugs in Vermont are Vicodin, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Ritalin, Xanax, Oxycontin, and Diazepam. The abuse of this drugs are commonly obtained through impaired practitioners and the illegal sale and distribution by those in the healthcare field. In fact, pharmaceutical diversion and abuse is a growing threat in the state of Vermont.
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Below are the original sources of the information contained on this page.
DEA State Fact Sheet
SAMHSA State Level Data
SAMHSA Substance Abuse Tables
Office Of National Drug Control Policy