Tolerating a Denver cold snap, the large crowd held candles and chanted “we will remember” as 232 names were read aloud.
Denver Harm Reduction Action Center is the state's largest needle exchange, taking in about 3,000 used syringes a day.
The proposed safe-injection facility is part of a six bill package to combat the growing opioid crisis in Colorado.
Studies show some promising results for new opioid addiction approaches, but some insurers won’t pay for some alternative treatments.
“Opioids ought to be drugs of last resort, not drugs of first choice,” one expert says.
The non-profit network of gyms, which began in Boulder, helps those struggling with addiction remain sober through sport and physical activity.
In a record-breaking year, 912 people in Colorado died from overdoses in 2016. Of those, 300 died from an opioid overdose and heroin claimed another 228 lives.
More police and security officers, and if the budget allows, security cameras and lowering the book stack shelves, are among the measures planned.
Denver's library is one of the first to carry Narcan, the brand name for Naloxone, a medication used to reverse an opioid overdose.
"The cuddle shift" can be some pretty emotionally taxing work, says the nurse who leads the birth center at St. Mary Corwin Medical Center