In a pilot program, doctors at emergency facilities are experimenting to see if they can reduce opioid prescriptions.
“Opioids ought to be drugs of last resort, not drugs of first choice,” one expert says.
The non-profit network of gyms, which began in Boulder, helps those struggling with addiction remain sober through sport and physical activity.
In a record-breaking year, 912 people in Colorado died from overdoses in 2016. Of those, 300 died from an opioid overdose and heroin claimed another 228 lives.
As more Coloradans die from heroin overdoses, we hear how cheap black tar heroin began making its way from a small city in Mexico to cities like Denver and Colorado Springs in the 1980s and 1990s.
Colorado doctors collected $4.6 million in payments over two years from opioid companies — the highest in the country based on population.
The drug carfentanil, a synthetic opioid used as an elephant tranquilizer in China, recently surfaced in Colorado and has already led to at least two deaths in the state.
Denver's library is one of the first to carry Narcan, the brand name for Naloxone, a medication used to reverse an opioid overdose.
"The cuddle shift" can be some pretty emotionally taxing work, says the nurse who leads the birth center at St. Mary Corwin Medical Center