Opioid Misuse & Dependence in Vermont
The percentage of Vermonters reporting prescription pain reliever misuse is going down significantly in Vermont, particularly for 18-25 year olds.
While past year heroin use prevalence remains under 1% for people 12 and older (as it does for all states), Vermonters in the 18-25 year-old age group have among the highest use rates in the country. A report from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration found that in any given year almost 80% of new heroin users in America had misused prescription pain relievers.
The general pattern for Vermont is a lot like the national trend: prescription drug misuse has slowly gone down, access to treatment for those dependent on opioids has widened, and there has been an increase in disease and death associated with heroin use.
Treatment is Available
If you or someone you know needs help with heroin or other opioids – treatment is available! Treatment is effective and people can recover.
To learn about treatment options, how to reach out to a counselor, and answers to common treatment and recovery questions, call 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont, 24/7 or visit Vermont2-1-1.org.
Talking With Your KidsIt’s never too early to start a conversation with your kids about drugs and alcohol. When young people have supportive adults in their lives, they are much less likely to use drugs. Open, honest conversations are the best way to influence their behavior.
Here are some tips!
- Start the conversation early to get ahead of the conversation.
- Be clear, direct, and specific.
- Have an ongoing, two-way dialogue.
- Focus on their goals and explain how drugs can get in the way.
- Stay positive.
For more tips, information on the risks of use, or if you are concerned that your child is using heroin or other opioids, call 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont, 24/7 or visit Vermont211.org and visit ParentUpVT.org.
For more information visit:
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- Vermont Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clearinghouse (VADIC)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens
Data and Related Resources
Data and Reports: Information on opioid and other drug misuse, abuse, and dependence in Vermont.
How We Are Doing: Learn more about goals and outcomes being tracked in Vermont.
- Vermont's Opioid Overdose Prevention & Reversal Project: Narcan/Naloxone Overdose Rescue
- See Division of Emergency Preparedness & Emergency Medical Services Statewide Incident Reporting Network for Emergency Medical Services use of Naloxone Data Briefs.
- See Division of Emergency Preparedness & Emergency Medical Services Education for Emergency Medical Services Naloxone Protocol Education.
Information from National Experts
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Commonly Abused Drugs
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Children and Teens
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Parents and Educators
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Parents and Families
- Partnership for Drug Free Kids - Methamphetamine
- Partnership for Drug Free Kids - Cocaine