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Zornio: Let’s set aside political chatter. Here are the facts on Colorado’s fentanyl crisis.

For decades, America has fought — and lost — the “War on Drugs.” Now, with Colorado lawmakers considering a proposal to make possession of 1 gram of fentanyl a felony, it’s time to acknowledge the past errors of public health policy that locked millions of people behind bars instead of enacting long-term solutions to treating […]

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Nicolais: The Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Act comes spiked with trace amounts of bad policy

Fentanyl is killing Coloradans. Fentanyl is killing families, it is killing businesses and it is killing communities. That is exactly why the most heated bill of this legislative session has been the Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Act.  Unfortunately, good politics appears headed toward bad policy. Or at least less good policy.  Critics of the bill […]

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Knowingly having more than 1 gram of fentanyl would be felony under change to Colorado bill

Knowingly possessing more than 1 gram of fentanyl or a fentanyl compound for personal use would be a felony in Colorado under an amendment passed Wednesday afternoon by the House Judiciary Committee to a bill seeking to stem rising overdose deaths linked to the powerful synthetic opioid. The committee’s 7-4 vote to adopt the amendment […]

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Sen. Kirkmeyer and Sheriff Reams: Make fentanyl distribution and possession a felony, again

Fentanyl is poison, and it’s time that Colorado policy makers recognize it as such. Drug dealers are lacing recreational drugs with fentanyl, often unbeknownst to drug users, to get users hooked. If tobacco companies did this, Congress and the Colorado General Assembly would jump to action. The same would be true if drug dealers were […]

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Opinion: 10 years in, Marijuana legalization hasn’t changed the youth usage rate

This year we celebrate the 10-year-anniversary since Colorado took the courageous leap of legalizing marijuana. As Colorado’s cannabis marketplace has matured and thrived over the past decade, we know for certain: It is working and thriving. Adults and patients have access to safe products, incarceration rates for cannabis-related crimes have decreased, hundreds of millions of […]

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Calls in Denver, across U.S. to overhaul methadone distribution intensify, but clinics resist

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News Days typically start early for patients undergoing opioid addiction treatment at Denver Recovery Group’s six methadone clinics in Colorado. They rise before dawn. Some take three buses to get to a clinic by 5 a.m. for a 15-minute conversation with a counselor and their daily dose of methadone, all […]

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Colorado will get $385 million after Johnson & Johnson, distributors finalize landmark $26 billion opioid settlement

By Geoff Mulvhill, The Associated Press CAMDEN, N.J. — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors finalized nationwide settlements over their role in the opioid addiction crisis Friday, an announcement that clears the way for $26 billion to flow to nearly every state and local government in the U.S. Taken together, the settlements are […]

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Colorado lawmakers are rethinking a 2019 law that made possessing thousands of lethal fentanyl doses a misdemeanor

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers are rethinking a 2019 law that made possession of thousands of lethal doses of fentanyl a misdemeanor as overdoses from the potent opioid continue to rise.  The law is getting even more attention after five adults died from a suspected fentanyl overdose Sunday in Commerce City. Last year, […]