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Here's Why Vermont Has the Highest Rate of Illicit Drug Use in America
Yahoo Finance ^ | 10/14/2013 | Pamela Engel

Posted on 10/14/2013 1:50:35 PM PDT by Jimmy4Toes

Vermont has the highest rate of illicit drug use in the country with 15% of people saying they've used within the past month (compared to 4.2% in Utah, where illicit drug use is the lowest), according to 2010-2011 surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Northeastern state ranked high for almost every type of drug, from marijuana to cocaine.

This trend is a consequence of factors including weather, politics, and proximity to big cities, according to Barbara Cimaglio, the Vermont Department of Health's deputy commissioner for alcohol and drug abuse programs.

"You have everything from the colder climate, which tends to be a reason some people give, to more liberal attitudes, to higher income levels, to people having more access, but I don't think anyone knows for sure," Barbara Cimaglio told Business Insider.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News; Reference
KEYWORDS: drugs; scum; vermont

1 posted on 10/14/2013 1:50:35 PM PDT by Jimmy4Toes
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Because we have a bunch of permissive idiots is the main reason.


2 posted on 10/14/2013 1:51:31 PM PDT by Jimmy4Toes
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Doesn’t single-payer cover that?


3 posted on 10/14/2013 1:51:46 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

I really gotta get out more. This is the opposite of my mistaken impression of VT.


4 posted on 10/14/2013 1:52:02 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Jimmy4Toes
to more liberal attitudes

Well, there you go.

5 posted on 10/14/2013 1:52:19 PM PDT by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Forget States, What are the rates in ‘Rat run cities?


6 posted on 10/14/2013 1:52:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Because the citizens want to escape Vermont and its the cheapest way.


7 posted on 10/14/2013 1:53:08 PM PDT by svcw (Socialism is so great, that it will be forced on you.)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

If its more than Oregon I’d be seriously surprised.


8 posted on 10/14/2013 1:54:21 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Higher income levels in Vermont? REALLY? I hated the place when i lived there, it was like poverty-town, everyone worked for minimum it seemed, and there was really no hope of a decent paycheck to be found in the state unless you were a high-tech import in Burlington.


9 posted on 10/14/2013 1:54:23 PM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I'm not a gynecologist, but I'll take a look.)
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To: Jimmy4Toes
"You have to go through Vermont to get to some of the bigger cities like Boston"

They do mention Montreal, so I can see Vermont being along the way if you're going to Boston, but not too many people who are going to NYC or Philadelphia are going end up saying, "Look! I'm passing through Vermont!"

10 posted on 10/14/2013 1:54:49 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

I’m more concerned with Colorado having the “highest” reported Cocaine use.


11 posted on 10/14/2013 1:55:15 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Maybe it’s because dropouts have found their way to VT since the 1960s. I don’t use drugs, but I’m not uncomfortable in the VT culture, which is artistic, laid back, and individual.


12 posted on 10/14/2013 1:55:29 PM PDT by grania
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To: Jimmy4Toes
Why Vermont Has the Highest Rate of Illicit Drug Use in America

If your fellow citizens had elected Bernie Sanders to the US Senate you'd be taking drugs too.

13 posted on 10/14/2013 1:55:34 PM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

They traded their souls for a godless, materialistic, relativistic, extreme leftwing worldview. What did they get in return? Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy.

There is no reason for hope for anyone who goes over to the dark side.


14 posted on 10/14/2013 1:55:59 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Paladin2

Being a Vermonter, I can tell you that the cities are part of the problem here. We have the guys from Manhattan and Springfield Mass. moving up here and plying their trade, Two major drug busts in the last month netted 16 and they were all out of staters.


15 posted on 10/14/2013 1:56:56 PM PDT by k4gypsyrose
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To: Jimmy4Toes
colder climate
knit a sweater?
16 posted on 10/14/2013 1:57:42 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Liberaltarianism. Next question.


17 posted on 10/14/2013 2:00:00 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: svcw

Compare with the pro-God, pro-life, pro-gun, pro-military, pro-freedom, anti-sodomy state of Oklahoma:

For those on the left falsely accusing Conservative of being racist, note that Vermont is 97.95% white and they don't get a pass here for supporting communism.

18 posted on 10/14/2013 2:04:01 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex
Re: 18

You should update your 2008 Oklahoma map and show Red as 'Palin and whatisname', or something. Otherwise it is a bit embarrassing.

19 posted on 10/14/2013 2:08:14 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Because they’re degenerates?


20 posted on 10/14/2013 2:08:16 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron; All

If my US senators were Bernie Saunders and Leaky Leahy, I’d probably be stoned most of the time...


21 posted on 10/14/2013 2:11:52 PM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Actually it seems most Americans are high on something.. not all but most...
Not necessarily drugs.. but drugged on something..

If you elected Barry Half-White twice you’re quite delusional.. probably a Mad Hatter..
You know.... celebrating yur Happy UN-Birthday..


22 posted on 10/14/2013 2:12:41 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: ken5050

“If my US senators were Bernie Saunders and Leaky Leahy, I’d probably be stoned most of the time...”


With respect, I think you have that backwards. The rampant drug use more than explains the election of these two idiots.


23 posted on 10/14/2013 2:14:33 PM PDT by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: El Cid; Jeff Head
You should update your 2008 Oklahoma map and show Red as 'Palin and whatisname', or something. Otherwise it is a bit embarrassing.

Ping to FReeper stalwart Jeff Head for the suggestion. The map was linked from his site.

The posting was not intended to endorse McShame in any way, shape or form. Instead, it was a study in contrast between two very different states -- one, liberty-loving Oklahoma, rejecting the evil tyranny of Hussein and the other, drug-dazed Vermont, embracing communism.

24 posted on 10/14/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: k4gypsyrose
"drug busts"

Was the name Heisenberg mentioned?

25 posted on 10/14/2013 2:22:36 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Jimmy4Toes

I would be doing drugs if I had 11 and 1/2 months of snow a year and was surrounded by Democrats


26 posted on 10/14/2013 2:24:10 PM PDT by Cyman (kes the life out of them as they are in the throwsof mutual passion.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
Higher income levels in Vermont? REALLY? I hated the place when i lived there, it was like poverty-town, everyone worked for minimum it seemed, and there was really no hope of a decent paycheck to be found in the state unless you were a high-tech import in Burlington.

Vermont is just barely above the national average. Certainly not "higher income". I'd say almost all of the higher paid folks are government workers of all kinds with a few at IBM as well.

27 posted on 10/14/2013 2:25:11 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Stupid useless article.

The headline says “Here’s why...” but the article doesn’t tell us why. The best it can do is: “ but I don’t think anyone knows for sure”

Here’s why: more people use drugs because more people use drugs. That makes as much sense as the article.


28 posted on 10/14/2013 2:25:29 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Wealthy, childless “back to nature” hippie retiree baby boomers.

VT is a state in a death spiral, there are now more people age 65+ than there are school age kids, there are more deaths than live births. There is no future after high school for the few remaining kids in the state as the watermelon socialists have regulated industrial, commercial and most agricultural activity out of the state.

But man, do they have some great microbreweries and grow ops.


29 posted on 10/14/2013 2:27:06 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: grania

There are pockets of the state like that. Franklin County, the Northeast Kingdom and the islands on the other hand are just grinding poverty and lots of crime related to opiate abuse.

Oxy has been a plague on those areas of the state.


30 posted on 10/14/2013 2:29:22 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Jimmy4Toes
And yet they have the best gun laws in the country and one of the lowest violent crime rates.

http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/vtcrime.htm

31 posted on 10/14/2013 2:34:14 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: ransomnote

Mainlining maple syrup is illegal?


32 posted on 10/14/2013 2:36:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nesnah

We’re both correct.....


33 posted on 10/14/2013 2:40:14 PM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: Jimmy4Toes

I don’t believe this BS. Right off the bat I would say a state like New Mexico has a higher rate of drug use. They are close to the Mexican border with all the Mexican drug running operations.

Vermont is too far from Mexico and not enough money to have nations highest drug use


34 posted on 10/14/2013 2:44:40 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

liberals.. the whole North East should be under quarantine to prevent further spread of the disease.


35 posted on 10/14/2013 3:04:44 PM PDT by maddog55
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To: ransomnote

“I really gotta get out more. This is the opposite of my mistaken impression of VT.”

My first wife back in the 70’s was taking a vacation away from Vermont because her husband was on drugs. From my association with her, I gathered Vermont at that time was a drug haven.

(she was a wife, she was mine, but I was not married to her)


36 posted on 10/14/2013 3:05:12 PM PDT by redfreedom (Republicans = The faux conservative wing of the democrat party.)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

So THAT’S why Socialist Bernie is their senator...
Lib dim mantra: keep them stupid, dependent and doped up.....


37 posted on 10/14/2013 3:06:36 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: dennisw

Maybe so, but Vermont is very close to another center of drug traffic into the US, the Rizzuto crime family of Montreal. They are the center of the drug trade for the La Cosa Nostra, you know the Wiseguys. I have seen stated that the Montreal Mob is the most powerful Mafioso in all of North America at this time, richer than the five families of NYC. If you read the Montreal press, it is like the roaring 20’s up there. Seems every other week some croaked nose gets whacked.


38 posted on 10/14/2013 3:17:15 PM PDT by gusty
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To: dennisw

Maybe so, but Vermont is very close to another center of drug traffic into the US, the Rizzuto crime family of Montreal. They are the center of the drug trade for the La Cosa Nostra, you know the Wiseguys. I have seen stated that the Montreal Mob is the most powerful Mafioso in all of North America at this time, richer than the five families of NYC. If you read the Montreal press, it is like the roaring 20’s up there. Seems every other week some croaked nose gets whacked.


39 posted on 10/14/2013 3:17:43 PM PDT by gusty
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To: gusty

Thanks!! I never heard of that Montreal crime family but it could be a large factor in Vermont drug use


40 posted on 10/14/2013 3:43:20 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: ransomnote

It’s very liberal.


41 posted on 10/14/2013 4:43:31 PM PDT by angcat
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Drug laws are not enforced. Courts and politicians don’t the police to enforce the law. Real reason? The druggies provide the dims the voters they need to always win. It is that simple. The evil we actually face is far darker than we can imagine.


42 posted on 10/14/2013 7:50:07 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Jimmy4Toes

Vermont was known for two things by the 1980s: Phish and Ben & Jerry’s. Any more explaining is necessary?


43 posted on 10/15/2013 8:52:02 AM PDT by dangus
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To: gusty

So that’s how Phil Rizzuto (the least likely guy ever created by God to whack someone) got involved in the Money Store?


44 posted on 10/15/2013 8:54:17 AM PDT by dangus
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