After Sweep, Hospital Sees Drug Withdrawals

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The 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 says 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 tells the Bennington Banner "you can definitely connect" the increase in patients seeking treatment for drug withdrawal with the police operation.

He says 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.

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