On the front lines of preventing overdoses

July 19, 2022
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A box of Narcan, a nasal spray that can be used to revive someone suspected of overdosing on fentanyl or other opioids, in the North Parking Lot at Red Rocks on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Fentanyl deaths in Colorado are ten times higher than they were just a few years ago. That's why more people carry Narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse overdoses. Test strips, which can detect whether other drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, are laced with fentanyl, are also more common.

We checked in with people who contend with the reality of overdoses and have made it their mission to save lives. Lisa Raville is with the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver, which, among other things, hands out clean needles and distributes Narcan. Dr. Don Stader is an emergency and addiction medicine physician in metro Denver. And, Kyle Peters is director of operations for Sexy Pizza, a restaurant chain in Denver, which has Narcan on hand at its restaurants.