"Rarely do we see a health metric that moves so quickly and is so widespread," said Tamara Keeney, a policy analyst at the Colorado Health Institute.
Patricia Byrne, whose son is a recovering heroin addict, wants other families to talk about a problem she thinks many keep secret.
- Officials hope that a family member or friend may be able to administer a naloxone spray more quickly and easily to someone who may be overdosing.Read more
Having police, school nurses, drug users and family equipped with kits to reverse an overdose saves lives, doctors say. But reversing addiction requires follow-up care that many users aren't getting.
Most experts seem to think it’s a combination of factors -- economics, ease of access, and even that there’s just less to do in southeast Colorado.
Only 6 percent of Colorado's population lives in southeast Colorado, yet it represents 18.1 percent of heroin treatment admissions.
Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen is working to put the anti-overdose medication naloxone into the hands of as many heroin users as possible. But the price of the antidote has nearly doubled.
- In New Hampshire this week, Hillary Clinton veered from the stump speech for a somber discussion on substance abuse. Nearly everyone in the room had been affected by drugs.Read More
- A lawyer hired by community group No Methadone in Monument said Monday that while zoning allows for a clinic in that location, the word "clinic" is never defined by the town.Read more
With news that heroin use is rising across the county, we took a look at how that's affecting Colorado.