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Colorado’s coronavirus budget crunch is putting Democratic accomplishments at risk

The Joint Budget Committee will begin meeting next week to consider recommended spending cuts, but they still may not be enough to balance the budget

Politics and Government

Six RVs to help rural Colorado’s opioid addiction are coming to a parking lot near you

Three of the vehicles have already begun visiting rural towns where there is no access to medication-assisted treatment for heroin or prescription opioids.

Health

A decade into the opioid crisis, Colorado hospitals have changed the way they treat opioid-exposed babies. And it’s helping.

Colorado newborns are now less likely to get methadone and more likely to room with their moms

Health

Colorado could soon get a lot of money from opioid settlements. But where should those dollars go?

In a new Colorado Health Institute survey, experts weighed between spending money on treatment, prevention and other priorities

Health

Judge: Purdue workers should get bonuses, but maybe not CEO being sued by Colorado and other states

Colorado and Massachusetts allege that Purdue's CEO blamed the dangers of opioids on patients rather than the drugs

Health

Bankruptcy judge considers $1.3 million bonus for Purdue Pharma CEO being sued by Colorado

Craig Landau, a Purdue employee since 1999 who rose to the top job in 2017, is named as a defendant in lawsuits filed by Colorado, Massachusetts, five local governments and more than 100 hospitals

Crime and Courts

A new Colorado law makes possessing thousands of fatal fentanyl doses a misdemeanor. Prosecutors are worried.

Colorado lawmakers this year passed a bill to reduce incarceration by making possession of 4 grams or less of most drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony

Crime and Courts

Why the DEA is suing Colorado’s pharmacy board as part of an opioid investigation

State officials say they can’t release the data the DEA wants without violating patients’ privacy

Crime and Courts

Opinion: Why military veterans should have expanded access to medical cannabis

Opinion Columns

For months Colorado has quietly been in talks for another multibillion-dollar opioid settlement

Colorado is part of a $48 billion national opioid settlement framework between state and local governments and pharmaceutical companies Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, Johnson & Johnson and Teva

Health

Nicolais: Some sun in the dark clouds of the opioid epidemic

Government programs and healthcare innovators, including many in Colorado, have begun introducing potential solutions to combat the myriad of problems created by opioid misuse

Opinion Columns

Colorado woman gets prison for fatal heroin sale after U.S. attorney vows to treat overdose deaths as homicides

Kayla Pagano of Westminster learned her sentence Wednesday in Denver in the death of an unidentified woman in May 2018

Crime and Courts

Supervised injection site supporters aren’t ready to give up on the conversation in Colorado

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, leader of the push nationally, visited Denver this week after a victory in federal court

Health

Colorado, other states say OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should not pay bonuses

Purdue has said it needs to make bonus payments to keep employees and maintain operations at a time of high turnover

Crime and Courts

Colorado officials created greeting cards to destigmatize the opioid epidemic. They didn’t order nearly enough.

The state made almost 10,000 cards with money from a federal grant but it took only four days for them to go out of stock

Health

The Democratic agenda came with a big price tag. Now Colorado budget writers worry about paying the bill.

The rising costs of Gov. Jared Polis’ full-day kindergarten program is part of an estimated $100 million in additional costs lawmakers will need to cover

Politics and Government

Can Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement win judge’s approval?

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement that Colorado’s attorney general thinks is inadequate

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser wants negotiations to continue. He says the proposed settlement doesn't go far enough.

Health

Why it might not matter if Colorado’s attorney general doesn’t think the national opioid settlement is sufficient

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser says a bankruptcy court could “cram” a Purdue settlement onto the state. He also says he is examining potential legal action against other opioid companies.

Crime and Courts

Colorado isn’t part of settlement with opioid maker Purdue Pharma; attorney general calls offer “inadequate”

Colorado is suing Purdue, maker of the potent painkiller OxyContin, and the Sackler family, which owns the pharmaceutical giant, in state court

Crime and Courts
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