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.
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"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.
- 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
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.
In his regular conversation with Colorado Matters, Gov. Hickenlooper says the state can educate doctors to not over-prescribe dangerously addictive drugs.
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is supposed to help head off "doctor shopping" by drug addicts, but even though program registration is high, actual usage is is much lower.
The CDC says that, nationally, four times more men died of a heroin overdose in 2013 than women. Colorado followed the pattern.
This story begins an exploration of how Colorado is responding to the national opioid epidemic.