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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

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

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

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

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.

Sun Investigation

After teen fentanyl overdoses, moms and community groups step up to hand out testing strips, lifesaving nasal spray

Public health and law enforcement warnings have fallen short in the eyes of some moms and addiction counselors in Boulder.

Sun Investigation

How counterfeit drugs made to look like real pills have ravaged one Colorado county

A Boulder 18-year-old’s overdose began a string of 2021 deaths tied to fentanyl. Since then, 13 more fentanyl overdoses have been confirmed and the causes of six other deaths are pending the results of toxicology tests.

Sun Investigation

Death rates for pregnant Colorado women have doubled since 2008. Here’s how the state is trying to fix it.

A package of proposed laws headed toward passage aims to prevent deaths among pregnant women and create better outcomes for babies.

Health

Opinion: A law-enforcement case for supervised drug-use sites

As a former detention officer, I saw people cycle through our facility every day who didn’t belong there. Treating drug use as a criminal issue further destabilized the lives of people I thought we were helping.

Opinion Columns

Carman: The addicts in our families deserve justice for the corporate kingpins

Opinion Columns

Colorado records modest decline in drug overdose deaths — the first decline since 2012

The state recorded 349 deaths from prescription painkillers, dropping by 24 from the previous year

Health

Colorado’s new U.S. attorney wants law enforcement to treat overdose deaths as homicides as he focuses on opioids

Jason Dunn, appointed by President Trump, laid out some of his office’s redoubled tactics in an interview with The Colorado Sun -- his most extensive remarks to the news media since taking office

Crime and Courts

Opinion: Let’s give Colorado’s children the support they need and save lives

Opinion Columns

The opioid maker being sued by Colorado for fanning the overdose epidemic says everything it did was FDA-approved

Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, has asked a judge in Denver to dismiss the Colorado attorney general’s lawsuit against it

Health

As the overdose epidemic in Colorado continues, hospitals are taking a new step to dramatically reduce opioid prescriptions

Opioids still account for 8 percent of all prescriptions in Colorado

Health

Denver city councilman, state lawmaker revive plans for safe injection site, in spite of federal law

Drug overdoses kill more people than firearms in Denver and a Colorado state lawmaker calls opioid addiction the “greatest public health crisis of our time”

Health