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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Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes, seize more than 800 marijuana plants in years-long operation targeting black market pot

State and federal officials said the nearly three-year investigation showed that illegal marijuana trafficking mushroomed after voters approved recreational use in 2012

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After growing up in proximity to military contamination, author felt moved to examine how lands were converted to wildlife refuge

David Havlick's field work sent him all over the world -- including pedaling through central Europe and researching militarized sites in Japan