Rural America has been particularly hard hit by opioid drug overdose deaths, with rates higher than urban areas for longer than a decade.
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Similar programs have popped up around the country.
Lift The Label provides an array of info, including stories of addiction, tips for recognizing signs of addiction, and treatment resources like medication-assisted treatment.
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.
More than 90 percent of the people booked into Alamosa County Jail are either addicted to drugs or are in for drug-related charges.
Saturday marks National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
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.
"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.