Would Democrat Phil Weiser or Republican George Brauchler opt to join the multi-state lawsuit against several large pharmaceutical companies?
In Colorado, nine have already joined in the action and more than a dozen cities and counties say they’re considering the move.
If Denver and others join the litigation there will be nearly 20 Colorado local governments filing suit against opioid makers.
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Conejos, Las Animas, Chaffee, Otero and Alamosa counties and the city of Alamosa have filed suit in U.S. District Court.
The bill would affect prescriptions written for patients in acute but short-term pain. Gov. Hickenlooper has yet to sign the measure into law.
The measure targets prescriptions for acute pain, which may be more sharp and severe but short-term. Not all doctors though are happy with the move.
Positive tests for opiates have fallen since 2012, the year marijuana was legalized in Colorado.
Methamphetamine was found in the systems of 280 Coloradans who died of overdoses in 2017, a number up sharply from the year before.