Marijuana, domestic and imported, is the most widely abused drug in the State of Vermont.
High-purity level Heroin is available throughout the state. Cocaine is also a significant problem throughout the state, particularly in urban areas. Diverted pharmaceuticals, chiefly OxyContin, are a significant problem in the state. Law enforcement officials report minimal availability of Methamphetamine. Vermont’s two interstate highways, I-89 and I-91, terminate at the U.S./Canada border, providing drug traffickers easy access to metropolitan areas in Canada and the United States.
Cocaine: Cocaine is readily available throughout Vermont and is widely abused by illicit drug users. The drug is available in all quantities from fractional ounces to kilogram quantities. Cocaine traffickers in Vermont, most often Caucasians, obtain the drug from source areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and the Southwestern U.S. The Cocaine is brought into the state mostly through the use of passenger vehicles; often it is then distributed in bars. Crack Cocaine frequently is available in the state, particularly in the areas of Burlington, Rutland and Barre. The cost is usually two to three times the cost of Cocaine obtained in source areas. Crack is most often distributed by African-American violators who obtain the drug in New York and Massachusetts.
Heroin: There is availability of Heroin in the state in street/user level quantities. A typical Heroin distributor in Vermont is a Heroin user who distributes the drug in order to support his/her Heroin addiction. Heroin is obtained by individuals who travel to source areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. The most common method of transport of Heroin between Vermont and source areas is the use of automobiles.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine is not commonly available throughout the state; although three clandestine Methamphetamine laboratories were seized, one in October 2007, September 2005 and another in June 2004, prior to the seizure in 2004, the last seizure of a clandestine Methamphetamine laboratory in Vermont occurred in 1990. No clandestine Methamphetamine labs were seized in 2008.
Marijuana: Marijuana is readily available in all areas of Vermont, and it is the drug of choice for illicit drug users. Marijuana is brought into Vermont from the southwestern U.S. through the use of automobiles, campers, and tractor-trailers. Another significant source area for Marijuana in the state is Canada. Canadian-based drug trafficking organizations smuggle high quality hydroponically grown Marijuana from Canada across the U.S./Canada border for distribution in Vermont and in transit to Massachusetts, New York, and other states. The Marijuana often is carried in backpacks across remote areas between the ports of entry; tractor-trailers containing Marijuana loads also transport the drug across the U.S./Canada border.
In addition to Marijuana transported to Vermont, Marijuana continues to be grown within the state. In the past, local growers maintained large-scale outdoor cultivation operations. However, the current trend of local Marijuana cultivation has changed to small outdoor plots which can be difficult to detect. Indoor grows and hydroponic systems are maintained on a small scale.
Prescription Drugs: Vicodin, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Ritalin, Xanax, OxyContin and Diazepam are the most commonly diverted pharmaceutical drugs in Vermont. Impaired practitioners are a concern in the state.
Current investigations indicate that diversion of Oxycodone products such as OxyContin continues to be a problem in Vermont. Also, recent investigations have revealed that violators often travel from New York to Vermont with several thousand diverted OxyContin pills for distribution. Methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical), forged prescriptions, employee theft, pharmacy theft, and the Internet. Methadone and Vicodin were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Vermont. This is ample reason for Vermont drug rehab and Vermont drug detox attention state wide immediately.
Vermont is experiencing an increase in drug use and abuse. The prescription drug problem in the United States has become a real epidemic. Instead of treating drug addicts like criminals we believe people suffering from pain pill addiction, alcoholism and other drug addictions should have a comfortable drug detox to ensure long lasting sobriety and clean time. Addiction to pain killers can be one of the hardest addictions to treat and we believe that inpatient drug detox is the most effective way of dealing with prescription drug withdrawal.