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What Is the Rate of Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths in Vermont?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

As of July, in 2019 there have been 55 opioid-related deaths within the state, because of fentanyl, heroin, and prescription pain medication. Both Windham County and Rutland County have seen 10 of the opioid-related deaths. In 2017 there were 114 opioid-related overdose deaths in the state. During that year, this was a rate of 20 deaths per 100,000 persons, which was higher than the national average. The largest increase in deaths occurred with synthetic drugs such as fentanyl. The number of deaths associated with heroin also rose and there was a significant increase from 2012 to 2017. Prescription opioid-related deaths have not changed much, and the prescribing rate in the state at that time was lower than the national average.

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In 2017, Vermont prescribers wrote 50.5 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons. This was one of the lowest prescribing rates in the country and has declined marginally by 10% over the past decade. Most of the opioid addicts who become addicted to opioids often start with a prescription or had gotten prescription opioids off someone they knew. Prescription opioid addiction does lead to heroin addiction, and around 80% of prescription opioid addicts eventually started using heroin. The gradual trend in prescription drug abuse has been declining over the years. With the decline of prescription opioid use, heroin has taken a stronger hold within the state.

The decrease in prescription drug abuse has been seen more among residents who are between the age of 18 to 25. The number of addicts seeking treatment for opioid abuse has been increasing over the past five years. The increase is significantly higher for those who are seeking help for heroin addiction. The drug-related fatalities for heroin addiction have been increasing. If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction in Vermont, Drug Rehab Services can help you find the best-suited treatment for your addiction.

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Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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