A new report on overdose deaths in Vermont is out — the opioid epidemic is getting worse and new dangerous drugs are being added to the mix.
Despite more outreach and support for those dealing with addiction, the number of overdose deaths across Vermont continues to rise. Last year, Vermont saw 237 deaths, well above the average of 161 for the previous three years.
And now a new drug is adding to the problem– an animal tranquilizer that has been linked to overdoses. It also causes infections that can spread throughout the body.