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Parents of young Coloradans killed by fentanyl call it murder. So why aren’t there more convictions?

In a matter of seconds, a tiny blue pill disguised as a prescription painkiller can kill a person with a lethal dose of fentanyl, a drug so powerful that amounts as tiny as a few grains of salt are deadly. Parents of Colorado high school and college students who have died after taking the synthetic […]

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After teen fentanyl overdoses, moms and community groups step up to hand out testing strips, lifesaving nasal spray

Kate Lacroix was screaming at the top of her lungs on social media. Boulder teens were dying of fentanyl, swallowing pills that looked like real pharmaceuticals but instead were counterfeits laced with lethal doses of the synthetic opioid.  “URGENT COMMUNITY WARNING,” she said in one February Facebook post, begging others to help spread the word. […]

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How counterfeit drugs made to look like real pills have ravaged one Colorado county

Jack Swanson, 18, died in February while listening to music in his bed. Next to him were little blue pills and rectangular-shaped white ones, the kind sold in his hometown of Boulder and throughout Colorado as “mexis” and “xanny bars.”  Two in five of the counterfeit pills circulating the country, drugs made in Mexico to […]