Posted inCrime and Courts, Health, News, Politics and Government

Denver jail lacks strategy to deal with mental health, fails to adequately monitor array of contracts, audit says

The Denver jail keeps unreliable data on its mental health programs, is failing to adequately monitor its contracts with mental health providers and could not show whether its transgender inmates are housed according to their preference, according to an audit released Thursday.  The Denver Sheriff Department offers an array of programs to help inmates deal […]

Posted inBook Excerpts, SunLit

Addiction, denial, despair — and joy — mark one woman’s thought experiment, aided by soft-hearted “guides”

Jenny Forrester (she/her) has been published in GetSparked, Gobshite Quarterly, Pom Pom Lit, Nailed Magazine to Columbia Review, Portland Review, Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, and elsewhere. Her books include “Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir” and “Soft Hearted Stories: Seeking Saviors, Cowboy Stylists, and Other Fallacies of Authoritarianism.” She can be found at jennyforrester.com.  The following […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: It’s time for our federal and state lawmakers to get serious about fentanyl

As federal prosecutors, we in the U.S. Attorney’s office battle daily with transnational drug dealers who seek to import their poison to Colorado.   Working with our partners at the DEA, the FBI, Homeland Security and local law enforcement, we all too often seize large quantities of heroin, meth and cocaine destined for Colorado’s streets.  […]

Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado could soon get a lot of money from opioid settlements. But where should those dollars go?

Colorado could soon be in line for tens of millions — maybe even hundreds of millions — of dollars from legal settlements related to the opioid epidemic. That kind of windfall would represent a major leap forward in the state’s effort to combat the crisis, which has claimed more than 5,000 Coloradans’ lives since 2000. […]

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A new Colorado law makes possessing thousands of fatal fentanyl doses a misdemeanor. Prosecutors are worried.

Colorado’s top federal prosecutor is sounding the alarm over a new state law that potentially makes possessing thousands of fatal doses of synthetic opioids a misdemeanor, saying it sends the wrong message as law enforcement and health officials are warning the public about the substances’ danger.  State lawmakers earlier this year passed a bill that […]