December 3, 2014

In Vermont, more seeking treatment for opiate addiction than alcoholism.

For the first time, more people in Vermont have sought treatment for opiate addiction than have sought treatment for alcoholism, according to the state’s Health Department.

While the number of people seeking treatment for alcoholism has declined over a ten-year period, the number of people being treated for opiate addiction has risen over the same period.

“I started this job 10 years ago, in November of '04,” said Bill Young, owner of a treatment center in Vermont. “About 22 percent of our admissions were for opiate addiction, and 78 percent alcohol. That has almost reversed itself completely.”

 

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