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Vt. hospital seeing drug withdrawals after sweep

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BENNINGTON, Vt. -

Does arresting drug dealers have an impact on drug use? Doctors in Bennington say they are seeing evidence of that following a big drug roundup this week.

Police arrested 48 suspects Wednesday in a countywide drug sweep-- one of the largest of its kind in Vermont history. It has apparently had an impact on the drug supply in the area, because doctors at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center say they have seen an increase in people suffering from drug withdrawal. Doctors say it's likely that will continue for a week or more.

"It depends on how long it takes the medication to clear out of someone's systems. People who use very short-acting intravenous opiates like heroin tend to show up sooner. But we know from the information that was released by police, that a lot of longer-acting opiate medications were also part of the operation," said Dr. Adam Cohen of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Cohen says users hooked on drugs like cocaine or amphetamines might take several days to experience acute withdrawal symptoms that would require medical attention.

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