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

Decades of research shows us what works — and what doesn’t — in fighting drug use and addiction. The war on drugs failed.

Opinion Columns

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

By making possession of any drug mixture that contains even a trace amount of fentanyl a felony, amendments to the original bill could pose serious problems

Opinion Columns

Littwin: Colorado House Speaker Alec Garnett says he’s retiring from politics when the session ends

In pushing a controversial fentanyl bill, which turns possession of smaller but lethal amounts into a felony, Garnett will go out — if retirement sticks — on a bill that might not please anyone.

Opinion Columns

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

House Bill 1326 was amended on Wednesday before it passed the House Judiciary Committee. The measure is entangled in election-year politics and strong feelings from law enforcement and harm-reduction advocates.

Politics and Government

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

It’s too deadly and prevalent to handle with kid gloves

Opinion Columns

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

The naysayers were wrong. The Colorado system is safe and a model for the rest of the country

Opinion Columns

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

Patients who take methadone, a synthetic narcotic used to treat opioid addiction, must jump through more hoops than perhaps any other patient group in the U.S. due to rules dating back five decades

Health

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

Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson announced the settlement plan last year, but the deal was contingent on getting participation from a critical mass of state and local governments

Health

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

The 2019 passage of House Bill 1263, which had bipartisan support, made possession of up to 4 grams of almost all drugs for personal use a misdemeanor

Politics and Government

Fentanyl linked to deaths of 5 adults in Colorado apartment; baby, adult hospitalized

The Drug Enforcement Administration has joined the investigation alongside Commerce City police and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Crime and Courts

A lot more drugs are being confiscated in Colorado prisons as inmates die from overdoses

The Colorado Department of Corrections is asking the legislature for money to create a K-9 team that can detect narcotics coming into state prisons

Crime and Courts

Denver will close Civic Center park near Colorado Capitol for safety, health concerns

City officials said the park and surrounding areas have become a “hotspot for violence, crime, drug sales and substance misuse"

News

Colorado unveils plan to distribute $400 million in opioid settlement money

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and a number of local officials announced a framework that would split the dollars between state and local governments

Health

Former Weld County judge who tipped off friend about drug investigation sentenced to a year in prison

Former Judge Ryan Kamada tipped off his friend about the investigation after officers asked him to sign a search warrant

Crime and Courts

Colorado lawmakers wage multifront assault on high drug costs

While none of the efforts alone would result in broad-based, deep cuts, state officials estimate the combined impact of the various measures could save Coloradans between 20% and 40% in out-of-pocket costs

Health

64 members of “international drug trafficking network” indicted by Colorado grand jury

Federal, state and local agencies collaborated to bring a total of 159 state charges against the people for trafficking heroin, meth and opioids, including fentanyl

Crime and Courts

Federal prosecutors in Colorado, across the U.S. sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

The Justice Department alleges Walmart violated federal law by selling thousands of prescriptions for controlled substances that its pharmacists "knew were invalid"

Crime and Courts

Former Weld County judge who tipped off friend about drug investigation is censured

According to the censure, Ryan Kamada also frequently texted his friends inappropriate comments about what was happening in his courtroom

Crime and Courts

District attorney in northeast Colorado pleads guilty to drug charge, misconduct

Brittny Lewton, who serves Colorado's 13th Judicial District, struck a deal with prosecutors in the attorney general's office and pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance

Crime and Courts

State health department announces review of ketamine waivers one year after Elijah McClain’s death

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the review will begin immediately and last at least 12 weeks. When the review is complete, a report will be issued.

News
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