Study: Vermont second on painkiller list

BURLINGTON - A new federal study has placed Maine and Vermont atop the national list for treatment rates for painkiller addiction.

A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says Vermont ranks behind only Maine in terms of admission rates per capita for those seeking help kicking addictions to prescription opiates such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Oxycodone is known by the brand name OxyContin.

Citing figures from the report, the Rutland Herald said treatment for painkiller addictions has increased nationwide, and the highest rates of growth were in the New England states. The study analyzed treatment center admissions between 1998 and 2008.

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