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.
- Hundreds of people opposed to the project gathered Monday night for a meeting on the clinic, which would be located across the street from a community park downtown.Read more
The CDC says that, nationally, four times more men died of a heroin overdose in 2013 than women. Colorado followed the pattern.