In bucolic Vermont, rising problem of painkiller and heroin abuse stirs a battle cry

  • Article by: WILSON RING , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 3:25 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state.

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mypcaccountJan. 15, 14 9:54 AM

Please don't pile on the drug users. America has moved towards a pro-drug stace. Too small, take a pill. Too big, take a pill. Sad, take a pill. to much energy, take a pill. can't sleep, take a pill. can't perform with the wife, take a pill. We are groomed to take a pill for everything. It is only a matter of time before America embraces the use of all drugs to remedy any ill that you may have.

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viktorvaughnJan. 15, 14 2:55 PM

The questions that come to my mind are -- Why has heroine gotten so cheap? Where's it coming from? How's it getting here?

Well, about 95% percent of the world's heroine is made from poppies grown in Afghanistan.

So, I wonder, who is positioned to travel between Afghanistan and the US without being subjected to searches or monitoring?

Where's the brave reporters like Gary Webb when we need them?

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chuckhoovJan. 15, 14 5:54 PM

Vic, almost all the heroin in VT comes from NYC via Amtrak, Superbus, and even taxis. Now The smarter dealers are moving away from public transit using rental cars. They typically show up on a Wednesday, sell wholesale on Thurs, and the junk makes the rounds by Friday. Causes: the low VT unemployment rate is a statistical joke. There is lack of job opportunities that pay more than minimum wage. Better to take the state benefits and go get high.

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