Ten by Ten by Dozens

In September 2012 there were ten people arrested in Rutland, charged with various gun and drug charges. In October 2012 there were ten people arrested in Chester, on similar offenses. Earlier this year, there were a few dozen arrested in Milton. Now, to a big city dweller, “only ten” might sound pretty tame, but when we are talking about smaller towns, this is definitely an increase and a cause for alarm.

Forty years ago when the War on Drugs was first declared, most people would have told you that drugs “happened” in the poor sections of cities and on college campuses and that was about all. Today, unfortunately, no area or group is without its dreadful statistics.

It’s not just about the well-known and expensive drugs either. In September there was a crash that killed a 17 year old girl – it was caused by the driver inhaling the fumes of an aerosol can just before the crash.

Residents are amazed at the audacity of those who are dealing and buying the drugs. Some have reported drug deals being done during the daytime in front of their home and others have seen deal completed in front of a supermarket. The mayor of Rutland ordered the removal of benches in a park because so many drug deals were being done there.

Our state is one of the first to have a Prescription Monitoring System; many others are still in the process of following suit. One statistic that is frightening is that there were over a million doses of Oxycodone prescribed in Rutland County last year. This includes Tylox, Percocet and Oxycontin. Some were legitimate, of course, but not all of those medications were taken by the person they were prescribed to. Some people will sell off part of their painkillers to make extra money, and some find that theirs has been stolen for resale.

The crux of the matter is that Rutland is paying for the problems that are caused and their effects on every area of society. The majority of people in Rutland did not want to pay for more recreation programs or for a methadone clinic to help those who had become addicts. Some people think that the preventive monies would have been well spent.

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