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Colorado’s fentanyl crisis is surging, but only three school districts have ordered doses of the opioid antidote

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Jan. 6, 2022, with new information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to include Cherry Creek School District. As the number of fentanyl overdoses began to climb, Colorado policymakers created a program to put the life-saving opioid antidote naloxone inside police departments, universities, workplaces and […]

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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 […]

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Colorado hospitals are giving patients take-home doses of the overdose antidote to fight the opioid crisis

When doctors write a prescription for the life-saving antidote to an opioid overdose, patients only bother to fill them about 5% of the time.  But what if hospital physicians simply handed a vial of naloxone to the patients they worry are most likely to die, particularly those who were just rushed to the emergency room […]