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Supervised drug injection facilities face uphill fight at Colorado statehouse

Rep. Brittany Pettersen turned to her own story on Monday as she called for a new approach to drug addiction in Colorado.

“My mom is one of the statistics here in our state,” the Democrat said at a press conference in the Capitol. “She became addicted to prescription opioids almost 30 years ago.”

Standing alongside Rep. Leslie Herod, the state lawmaker said her colleagues should embrace a strategy known as harm reduction. A bill in the statehouse would allow for the creation of supervised injection sites, where people could use injection drugs including heroin and Fentanyl under the supervision of medical professionals.

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