Past Month Illicit Drug Use
Past Year Marijuana Use
Past Month Marijuana Use
Least Perception of Risk Associated with Monthly Marijuana Use
Past Year Cocaine Use
12+, 12-17, 18-25
Past Month Alcohol Use
12+, 18-25, 26+
Past Month Binge Alcohol Use
Least Perception of Risk Associated with Alcohol Use Once or Twice a Month
Past Month Tobacco Use
Past Month Cigarette Use
Past Year Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse
Past Year Illicit Drug Dependence
Needing but not Receiving Treatment for Drug Use
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues At-A-Glance
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
In examining the chart above, it is clear that drug and alcohol use are prevalent in Vermont, which has been ranked among the 10 states with the highest rates based on the charted measures. Per the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there is a steady increase in underage drinking in the prior month by individuals age 12 to 20, increasing the need for alcohol treatment in Vermont.
In 2006, Vermont had 40 facilities, with 35 offering outpatient services, 10 providing residential care, 4 providing opioid treatment, and 2 providing opioid detoxification. There were 35 physicians providing buprenorphine treatment for opiate addiction. Almost all of Vermont’s facilities received funding from the federal, state, or local government,; 30 facilities have some type of agreement with managed care organization to aid in supplying substance abuse treatment services.
For individuals age 12 and older and 18 to 25, Vermont has ranked among the highest states for the prevalence of illegal drug dependence. It is troubling that individuals age 12-17 would need to be surveyed at all, proving that no one is exempt from drug abuse. However, with proper parental supervision and education, the severity of this issue can at least be reduced.
Per the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (NSSATS) yearly surveys, between 2004 and 2006, Vermont saw an increase in the number of treatment facilities (from 37 to 40); 34 of these facilities are private nonprofit; 4 are private for-profit; and 2 are operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Only half of these facilities provide substance abuse treatment services, while another 16 offer a combination of mental health and substance abuse treatment services.
In the 2006 NSSATS survey, Vermont showed a one-day census of 3,726 clients in treatment; 549 were below 18 years old. 93 percent of the total clients were receiving outpatient care, which also includes drug detox programs. Vermont’s number of treatment admissions has steadily increased from 2002 to 2005. Over the last 13 years, the number of treatment admissions for alcohol has decreased steadily, while increases have been seen in the number of admissions for marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.
The effects of drug and alcohol use have taken a psychological toll on many of Vermont’s users. The rates for prior year serious psychological distress (SPD) and for prior year major depressive episodes (MDE) for individuals age 18 to 25 have ranked in the top 10 states. To lower the chance of these psychological disorders causing further damage, individuals suffering from alcohol and drug addiction should immediately visit a treatment facility.
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