Prescription drugs

As overdose deaths rise, Colorado plans addiction-prevention efforts

With the opioid epidemic reaching unprecedented national levels and more heroin flowing into Southwest Colorado, additional addiction-prevention work is set to start this fall. In October, 12...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Breakthrough’ drug might work best for marketers

A story in The Guardian, a British news outlet that has a publishing arm in the U.S., grabbed my attention. The headline read, “Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer’s on the verge of a...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Substance abuse study committee meets for first time

DENVER – A drug-abuse specialist told a newly formed panel tasked with studying the health issue that the prevalence of addiction in Colorado requires policymakers to evaluate the problem as one...

DATE: July 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma deputies respond to second overdose report in a week

A woman was taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital early Wednesday morning after a reported overdose. Montezuma County Sheriff deputies responded at 12:46 a.m. to a reported overdose in the 33000...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton on task force to battle opioid abuse epidemic

WASHINGTON – This week, the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic is holding a panel in Washington to hear from families who have been impacted by heroin addiction. Rep. Scott Tipton,...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers say pot isn't responsible for opioid crisis

DENVER – When a White House spokesman this week said the Department of Justice likely would step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where recreational pot is legal, Coloradans took...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County gets drop-off bin for unused prescriptions

Got a drawer or cabinet with unused or expired prescription drugs?To avoid them getting in the wrong hands, Southwest Memorial Hospital is now a drop-off point for a medication take-back program...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Longtime Dolores doctor retires amid state inquiry

A longtime Dolores doctor has closed his office and retired amid a review by the Colorado Medical Board that alleged improper prescription of painkillers including morphine and methadone, according...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Industry uses 50-state strategy to weaken drug laws

The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

A Colorado mother grieves after losing son to addiction

After finishing a six-week rehab session, Chance Davidson was a changed kid when he returned to southwest Colorado earlier this summer.Chance, 18, felt better than he ever had when he got back to...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff: 'This is just the beginning' of drug problem

Montezuma County has seen six drug-related overdoses this year, including two within a week in August.But this is just the beginning, Sheriff Steve Nowlin said. Heroin has arrived in Southwest...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

SW Colorado town curbs pain pill abuse; heroin use grows

In December 2014, as snow clung to the San Luis Valley in southwestern Colorado, four babies delivered by nurses in the community came screaming into the community that month tested positive for...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News