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  The Inside *[NOTE: Some names have been changed in order to protect the source]             Two lines of white powder lie parallel on a sheet of glass next to a razor.  A marble-sized rock of cocaine stands a few inches to the left.  The wooden coffee table beneath the glass is littered with ashes, empty cigarette packs and a digital scale.  Rap music scratches from laptop speakers in the background.  Welcome, this is the office of a Burlington drug dealer.             Jake*, who sits on a sofa watching re-runs of the Colbert Report between lines of cocaine, has sold most types of drugs including Ketamine, LSD, valium, ecstasy, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.              “These days it’s students, co-workers and friends,” Jake said. “I’ve sold drugs to UVM, Saint Mike’s and Champlain kids.”             Now, Jake mainly just sells marijuana, Ketamine and Valium             “One time, I went to pick up three bundles of dope [heroin], which is like 150 bags, and I drove all the way down to east Harlem,” he said.                         Jake managed to bring the heroin back to Vermont but the man he brought it for demanded more money for the load, he said.             “He felt we screwed him over,” he said. “He freaked out, so I took my cut of the dope, sold it and stopped buying dope.”             He reaches for his driver’s license and slides it along the lines of cocaine prepping them neatly.             “Acid — that’s the most profitable [drug] I’ve ever sold.  Weed is the least — that or cheap pills,” he said.             Ecstasy is also very profitable and there is high demand for it in this area, Jake said.             He lifts a small plastic straw to his nose and brings his face down to the table.             “People think Molly is pure Ecstacy but it’s cut with bullshit too — salt, household products.”             He leans back on the sofa sniffling the last grains of cocaine into his nostrils.              He explains that the bulk of the marijuana in Vermont comes from Canada.             “More specifically, it is the French Canadians against the Akwesasne,” he said.             Akwasasne is an indigenous territory that covers the border of New York and Canada, and is home to Mohawk peoples, according to an article by CBC news.             The Akwassane and French-Canadians compete for the marijuana market in Vermont, Jake said.             “The Canadians have better weed than the Akwasasne,” he said.             The smokers, however, reside right here in Burlington.             You can make a lot of money selling marijuana in college dorms, he said.             “Our friend would sell a couple ounces a day and make a couple hundred dollars a day,” he said. “It didn’t seem that sketchy because in the dorms people are always coming in and out of rooms.”             Even more money can be made selling cocaine, he said.             “Cocaine kind of sells itself,” he said. “My friends brought up a half-ounce of coke; within three hours they had made between 400 and 500 dollar profit.”             Jake began dealing in order to support his own drug habits, he said.             “I realized that I needed to sell to smoke as much as I wanted,” he said, “I really wouldn’t be able [to smoke as much] if I didn’t sell drugs.”   The Other Side             “I had a girlfriend who died from oxycontin and Xanax,” former UVM student John Frostler said.             Despite counseling centers, police and increasing awareness, drugs continue to be a problem at UVM and in Burlington.             “There are a lot of kids out there doing opiates,” William A. Keithcart, Supervisor at the Day One Program at the UVM Health Center said. “It is synthetic Heroin and a lot of kids do not realize that.”             The problem with oxycontin is that it is habit-forming, Frostler said.             “People get addicted to oxy so quick — if there ever was a problem in this town its oxy,” he said.             One of the most popular drugs was 80 miligram pills of oxycontin, but they were discontinued in lieu of a new form of the pill that could not be crushed up and snorted or injected, Jake said.             “The growing thing was OC 80s.  Anyone who was doing pills was buying OC 80s, but the pharmaceutical company started making OP 80s so that you cannot crush them up or shoot them,” he said. “Pill heads now go for Percocet 30s.”             Captain Glenn Hall of the Vermont state police said that even after the introduction of OP 80s, prescription drug abuse remains a problem.             Oxycontin, though, isn’t the only dangerous drug around.             “LSD will always be dangerous, because people go crazy,” Frostler said.             LSD is associated with psychotic episodes that can occur long after a person has taken the drug, according to a report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.             People don’t always know what they are getting into with hallucinogens, he said.             “An unstable girl in a fight with her boyfriend shouldn’t take mushrooms that would be bad — that was bad,” he said.             Mixing is also a concern Frostler said.  His girlfriend died from mixing too much oxycotin and xanax.             “She just mixed too much and passed away. I’m sure she’s not the only one.”             Other students share similar concerns.             “I think a lot of kids don’t know the dangers of mixing drugs like a bunch of alcohol and ecstasy, or alcohol and downers,” junior Nicolaus Fox, said.              The other concern is the crimes that arise from drugs.             Hard drugs and prescription drug abuse are associated with theft and Burglary, Hall said.             “The more troubling issues are the sexual assaults,” Vice President of Student and Campus Life David Nestor said. “These almost always have drug or alcohol abuse somewhere in the story.”                         Marijuana-related Police referrals are still higher than any other drug, according to a recent UVM Police Services report, but harder drugs continue to be a serious concern.             “Maybe this will be my chance to make a difference,” Frostler said. “Someone will hear my stories and do something differently.