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Re: “Vermont's Psychiatric Bed Crisis Befuddles Policymakers

There is another option that was not mentioned in this article. Vermont could eliminate involuntary 'treatment' for the 'mentally ill.' In 2007 the Ethan Allen Institute wrote a proposal for that called Dont Send Me to Waterbury! Replacing the Vermont State Hospital with Humane Community-based Recovery and Saving Millions of Dollars for Vermont Taxpayers.

It would work because basically everyone at the state psychiatric hospital is involuntary. We could also eliminate the insanity defense and the ridiculous law that allows people to be found incompetent to stand trial. That would unclog the system. A lot of people don't realize that most cases of insanity are for people accused of petty crimes like hitchhiking on the interstate. They can end up spending years locked up at the psychiatric hospital involuntary.

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Posted by NVTer on 03/07/2018 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Relapse: The Fight Over Force-Medicating Psych Patients Is Back

Psychiatrists seem to think that everyone should be drugged. I'm surprised they don't want antipsychotics added to municipal water supplies.

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Posted by NVTer on 03/08/2016 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Pot — or Not? Vermont's Looming Fight Over Marijuana Legalization

I see my comment has more dislikes than anyone's. Do you people have any idea how many mistakes are made in hospitals? What happens when pot is legal and nurses have been smoking pot every night after work?

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Posted by NVTer on 10/29/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Pot — or Not? Vermont's Looming Fight Over Marijuana Legalization

In Colorado people have overdosed on edibles and experienced psychiatric episodes. One man committed suicide. There have been cases where someone has died in an accident due to being under the influence of marijuana. Sorry - no psychoactive drug is completely harmless. Pot-heads only think that is the case because their minds have been dulled by the effects of pot. It has been shown to lower IQ. I've known several hard core stoners who had severely damaged short term memory and who now suffer from anxiety disorders. Whether we legalize it or not , we should have testing programs in place for people who work in positions that involve public safety, especially the medical profession.

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Posted by NVTer on 10/28/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Malone, N.Y., Hospital Embraces UVM Health Network

I find it disturbing that Fletcher Allen/UVM is taking over many of the healthcare facilities in the area. They do a terrible job. My father died in agonizing pain because of them. And I have never found a Fletcher Allen doctor who was competent. I have to go to St Albans and Morrisville to get proper care.

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Posted by NVTer on 07/01/2015 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Missing Mohamed: An Ill Man's Plight Shows Gaps in Mental Health System

"ER staff members are required to babysit patients suffering from illnesses such as schizophrenia “? That's demeaning and cruel.

Act 79 was never well funded. They only recently opened the Soteria house that was promised.

Another problem is that mental health system relies on mind numbing drugs with terrible side effects as the main treatment. As a result people frequently discontinue their 'treatment" and grow to mistrust the mental health system.

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Posted by NVTer on 07/01/2015 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Blindness No Deterrent to Running Courthouse Café

State employees used to run the cafe in the Waterbury complex. State government seems to be too incompetent to even run a small cafe.

Posted by NVTer on 03/20/2015 at 10:57 AM

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