Maine leads the nation in painkiller addiction, study says

Posted Jan. 02, 2011, at 10:24 a.m.

RUTLAND, Vt. — A new federal study says Maine and Vermont top 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, Vt., Herald says treatment for painkiller addictions has increased nationwide. But it says 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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