Lisa Seiling, 27, shows a portion of the scar left from open heart surgery at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs. Seiling developed a heart infection -- called endocarditis -- as a result of injection heroin use. Doctors around the country say the opioid epidemic has led to a rise in the deadly heart infection. Seiling was photographed on Aug. 13, 2018. (Mark Reis, Special to The Colorado Sun)

The opioid crisis is breaking hearts in Colorado — and that’s forcing doctors to make tough choices

As the U.S., Colorado work to address the opioid epidemic, hospitals are seeing a major increase in deadly heart infections caused by injection drug use. That’s left doctors facing difficult moral and ethical decisions.

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