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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

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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: Feb. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Pain pills give rise to heroin in West

In March, a batch of illegally made fentanyl, a potent opiate used to treat extreme pain, began making its way through the streets in Sacramento County, Central California. A clear liquid estimated...

DATE: April 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Overdose deaths increase in Colorado, Montezuma County

The rate of drug overdose deaths is rising all over Colorado, and Montezuma County is no exception.Across the state, the overdose death rate rose 68 percent from 2002 to 2014, according to the...

DATE: March 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Woman avoids jail, again

Weeks after being placed on probation for a court-fabricated drug charge, a 21-year-old woman admitted to stealing $245 to buy pain pills.Appearing before Chief District Court Judge Doug Walker on...

DATE: March 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news