In an area ravaged by the opioid crisis, Dr. Barbara Troy is the only doctor for miles who can prescribe a key drug for those in recovery.
Pettersen wants to put forward a bill that would require drug makers to help pay for treatment programs in Colorado.
A Denver business owner was forced to close his store after finding out that kratom-- the natural substance he had been selling for almost 5 years-- would soon be considered more dangerous than meth.
The government is raising the limit on the number of patients a doctor can treat for opioid addiction using the drug buprenorphine to 275 from 100. The move expands office-based treatment options.
- Federal survey data says Colorado's residents are heavy users of marijuana, alcohol, cocaine and opioids.Read more
- A colleague saw a syringe and needle in her bag on her last shift before the test.Read more
- The money from the Department of Health and Human Services will help treat opioid use disorders in underserved populations.Read more
"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.