Painkillers – heroin - opiates are still big problems plaguing the streets of St. Albans police took many dealers off the streets Tuesday. 38 arrested in one day, but they warn the problem can't be fixed with arrests, it starts with prevention.
"The majority of people's experimentation with opiates begins as early as age 12," Dr. William Roberts said.
Medical Director William Roberts, of the Northwest Medical Center says the face of addiction has changed - he says now it often starts with legal drugs from the medicine cabinet.
"I have just as many housewives, as I have IV drug abusing heroin addicts," Dr. Roberts said.
With the drugs now being harder to get Dr. Roberts says the bust could spark a few people to be interested in recovery.
There’s of course the Howard Center in Burlington, but also right here in St. Albans, there's Turning Point. It’s a resource and recovery center and they haven't seen a spike yet in their clients since the drug sweep, but they are hoping that more people reach out and ask for help.
Dr. Roberts is at least hopeful the conversation starts at home.
He told me he anticipates he'll treat people connected to the massive investigation.
Coincidentally, there's a documentary premiering this Saturday, at 7 at the Bellows Free Academy. It's called the Hungry Heart. It was filmed in Franklin County and is all about prescription drug abuse, and recovery. Tickets are still available.