Vt. hospital busy after drug sweepJanuary 19,2013BENNINGTON — The Vermont hospital that serves the area where police conducted one of the largest drug sweeps in state history is seeing more patients seeking treatment for drug withdrawal symptoms.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Emergency Director Dr. Adam Cohen said patients began seeking treatment Wednesday afternoon while the long-planned drug operation in Bennington County was still under way.
Cohen wouldn’t provide numbers, but he told the Bennington Banner that “you can definitely connect” the increase in patients seeking treatment for drug withdrawal with the police operation.
He said he expects the trend to continue for at least a week.
On Wednesday more than 100 police officers carried out “Operation County Strike.” It resulted in the arrest of 48 people, most on illegal drug charges. Arrests are continuing.MORE IN This Just InTODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: A brief midsummer return of last winter’s stubborn cold air mass descends over the Northern Plains, Midwest and Northeast this week bringing colder than seasonable daytime temperatures. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible... Full StoryRICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: 2nd president John Adams signs Sedition Act on this day in 1798 providing jail time for criticizing the government; Jerry Rubin, co-creator of the Yippies, American activist, political theorist, businessman, born this day in 1938. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads astronomic, historic and epigrammatic content... Full Story
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