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A safe place to use drugs: Denver council president favors proposal for supervised injection site

As the opioid epidemic rages on across the country, officials back home are exploring ways to buck the trend of overdose deaths and the spread of disease due to dirty needle use. Denver City Council President Albus Brooks on Tuesday threw his support behind a proposal to provide a safe place for illicit drug users […]

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ALEC puts Colorado label on business-friendly policies for lawmakers

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The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its three-day annual gathering in Denver Wednesday to tilt state legislators from across the country toward the industry-friendly principles of free markets and limited government. Moreover, the business-supported nonprofit best known by its acronym, ALEC, helps them draft pro-business legislation to fight a ground war of sorts in […]

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Opioid abuse could be a unifying message on the campaign trail in rural Colorado

In rural Colorado Republicans and Democrats could find common ground on the campaign trail over opioid abuse, which has plagued parts of the state. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and a Democratic challenger, state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, are both highlighting the issue in the 3rd Congressional District. Tipton on Friday announced that […]

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A view of Colorado’s opioid-abuse crisis from the frontline in Pueblo

ColoradoPolitics.com and other news media have reported extensively on efforts by the 2017 legislature to tackle the rampant abuse of opioids across Colorado; notably, a pilot program authored by two Democratic state lawmakers from Pueblo was OK’d by their peers and signed into law by the governor. Senate Bill 74, sponsored by Sen. Leroy Garcia […]

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Politicos tuned in: ‘Immediate jeopardy’ to patients threatens Colorado drug program

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Colorado Politics has been telling you for some time about the good things the state has been doing to curb its soaring opioid drug abuse problem, but news out of Pueblo sounds like a setback. The Pueblo Chieftain has been all over the story about the closing, “at least temporarily,” of a state program that treats […]

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Drug abuse plight draws continuing focus from Colorado lawmakers and hospitals

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Colorado lawmakers wasted little time working on the next steps to combating the state’s drug abuse crisis, announcing a special study commission this week. Ten members were named the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee to find more solutions. The committee is authorized to recommend up to six bills in the 2018 session, […]

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Feds award $7.8 million grant to fight opioid abuse epidemic

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Colorado will receive $7.8 million in federal grant money to help battle opioid abuse in the state, as part of a landmark medical research bill signed late last year. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law late last year, boosted funding for medical research and accelerated the development and approval process of medical treatments. […]

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