The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act was passed by voters in 2016. Most patients who took advantage of the law had terminal cancer or degenerative neurological disorders.
Advocates say U.S. consumers pay twice what Canadian consumers pay for patented prescription drugs.
Expired or unused prescription drugs are dangerous when left behind in medicine cabinets.
Emergency room doctors deal with more than 123 unnecessary electronic alerts to prevent just one unwanted reaction from a medication.
- Federal prosecutors allege that Eric Piper, of Florida, and Sam Jahani, of Texas, overprescribed the drugs to defraud health care benefit programs.Read more
The CDC says that, nationally, four times more men died of a heroin overdose in 2013 than women. Colorado followed the pattern.
The state doesn't require tracking drug dependency in babies, but estimates point to a sharp increase due to their mothers’ use of drugs during pregnancy.
The number of babies born dependent on drugs like Percocet and Vicodin is growing in Colorado, and withdrawal is traumatic and costly.
A state representative and retired doctor thinks there should be an easier way for very sick patients to take medications that haven't yet been approved by the FDA.
Colorado doctors are trying to get a handle on the state's high rate of prescription drug abuse, in part by improving what some say is an incomplete statewide prescription database.