To Educate Colorado Communities On Opioids, AmeriCorps Deploys ‘Super Passionate Workforce’

You’ve probably heard of AmeriCorps. The national service organization has 300,000 members who work on programs ranging from education programming to disaster relief, like during Hurricane Harvey and the Northern California wildfires. They even build houses and connect veterans to social services.

But in 2017, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – which administers national service programs like AmeriCorps – did something unusual.

The federal agency hosted a...

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Opioid deaths on rise in Colorado; Pueblo County's rate of fatal overdoses one of highest

Over 900 Coloradans were killed by drug overdoses in 2016, marking the 13th time in the past 15 years the state topped its previous record for overdose fatalities.

Forty of those deaths took place in Pueblo County, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: the sixth highest number of fatalities of any county in the state despite having a population of almost 130,000 less ...

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To combat addiction, several Colorado hospitals tried a new approach to treating pain

Colorado hospitals that were part of a groundbreaking pilot project were able to dramatically reduce the amount of opioids they administered by simply focusing on alternative, safer pain treatments, according to a new study released Thursday.

When the Colorado Hospital Association launched the project last summer, it set a goal of reducing opioid administration in emergency departments by…


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Colorado Legislature Tackling Opioid Epidemic in 2018 Session

In 2018, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers plan to submit several bills to combat Colorado’s growing opioid addiction crisis. Hundreds of people in the state have died, and the bills aim to reverse that trend, coving a range of solutions from prevention to intervention to treatment.

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3 Things That Started the Opioid Crisis

The U.S. makes up five percent of the world’s population, but we consume 80 percent of the world’s supply of prescription opioid painkillers.

How did that happen?

“Between 1999 and 2010 in the U.S., there was a 300-percent increase in the number of prescriptions written for opioid…

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