Capitol review: Lawmakers chipped away at opioid epidemic with 6 bills

"State lawmakers made strides toward curbing the opioid epidemic in Colorado, which claims at least one victim every day. In the just-ended session, they passed policies to expand treatment in rural Colorado, to stock an overdose-reversal medication in public places, and to require some jails and prisons to offer withdrawal medication to certain inmates."

"Those efforts come as opioid-related deaths held steady in 2018, with heroin and fentanyl overdoses inching up, according to state data. Meanwhile, contaminated needles and water are driving up cases of hepatitis C, a deadly virus."

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