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This Littleton detox center feels like a relaxing hotel. Is this the way out of the fentanyl crisis?

Gallus Medical Detox uses a proprietary protocol to treat fentanyl addiction, using intravenous and injectable drugs to ease the misery of withdrawal.

Health

Here’s what’s in the Colorado fentanyl “accountability and prevention” bill just sent to the governor

House Bill 1326 was one of the most contentious measures debated at the Colorado Capitol this year.

Politics and Government

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

Opinion: A city doing all it can to reduce crime needs help from state government

The General Assembly needs to reverse earlier decisions that reduced fentanyl penalties, expanded parole, and allowed some felons to carry guns

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

Adams County couple charged in fentanyl death of their 1-year-old

Alonzo Montoya and Nicole Casias of the Denver suburb of Brighton were charged with child abuse resulting in death

Crime and Courts

New bill would stiffen Colorado’s penalties for fentanyl dealers, but leave misdemeanor possession law in place

The measure expected to be introduced this week is state lawmakers' response to skyrocketing overdose deaths from fentanyl in Colorado

Crime and Courts

Woman charged with fentanyl distribution after Colorado Springs high school student dies at her desk

Alexis Nicole Wilkins is accused of selling two fentanyl pills to high school girls in a mall parking lot in eastern Colorado Springs.

Crime and Courts

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

Deaths among Denver area homeless nearly double from five years ago

The most common place of death for the homeless was outdoors and the most common cause was overdose.

News

Tragedy often begets more tragedy. Denver’s coroner wants to break the cycle by offering families help.

The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner is the first in the state to establish a family advocate program, which it hopes will break the recurrent trauma of suicides and overdoses

Health

The next big move to solve homelessness is a metro Denver recovery campus. But which city will host it?

The governor’s plan is still in the works, but advocates want a residential campus with drug treatment and peer support, where people who are homeless could live for up to two years.

News

State leaders call for unified action to combat rising fentanyl poisonings across Colorado

“Fentanyl is killing our kids. This is not a partisan issue. This is a public safety issue, and most importantly, this is a public health issue,” 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason said.

News

Monthslong drug investigation into Denver-area fentanyl trafficking results in 19 indictments

Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl are causing a surge in overdose deaths in Colorado. The defendants are accused of selling drugs in Arapahoe, Douglas, Denver and Jefferson counties.

Crime and Courts

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

Only Boulder Valley, Clear Creek and Cherry Creek school districts have received free naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, through a state bulk purchasing program.

Health

U.S. overdose deaths topped 100,000 in one year, officials say

Experts believe the top drivers are the growing prevalence of deadly fentanyl in the illicit drug supply and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health

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

Fatal fentanyl overdoses are skyrocketing across Colorado, but there have been only a few death charges.

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