Drug Addiction

The first rehab for heroin addiction didn’t work, nor the second. She left a 28-day program on day 24.

But after facing a judge and coming to a realization — “Either I was going to die or I was going to get well” — Kiyoka Tamesue finally ended up getting treatment that worked for her, including an outpatient program at Arapahoe House.

Amid an ongoing epidemic of opioid and heroin overdoses, Colorado’s largest provider of treatment for drug and alcohol abuse will close its doors early next year, the victim of long-running financial losses and low government payments.

Colorado’s opioid crisis is taking center stage at the state Capitol as policymakers look to curtail the drug abuse that is killing hundreds each year.

In semi-private booths, each with a chair and a mirror, Denver heroin users could shoot up with clean needles, no threat of arrest and under the supervision of staff trained to jump in with a life-saving antidote in case of overdose.

The nation’s drug epidemic kills someone in Colorado about every 9 hours and 36 minutes, a fact that rings like a siren for state leaders who are combating the leading driver: prescription and illicit opioids.

By Bruce Shipkowski, The Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company that manufactures OxyContin, claiming a “direct link” between the state’s opioid crisis and the firm’s deceptive marketing practices.

State Attorney General Christopher Porrino says the five-count lawsuit against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and two of its entities seeks undisclosed...

For more than a decade, Kristin Page-Nei begged Montana lawmakers to raise cigarette prices. As a health advocate for the American Cancer Society, she watched year after year as other states increased their cigarette taxes and lowered their smoking rates. “What they’re doing is saving lives,” she kept saying.

Finally, this spring, she helped convince state senators to raise cigarette taxes for the first time in 12 years. Then came the...

By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News/TNS

If you’ve got a plan offered on the federal health law’s insurance marketplace and you’re looking for a therapist, you may have to look really hard: The average provider network includes only 11 percent of all the mental health care providers in a given market, according to a recent study.

At a downtown Denver clinic, 30 patients addicted to opioids are prescribed a daily combination pill that reduces drug cravings and, at the same time, ruins any attempt to get high.

AURORA — Doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado hope to launch as many as 25 new clinical trials in the next six months after a recently signed federal law opened the floodgates to test experimental cancer drugs for children.

“The pediatric oncology community is really excited,” said Dr. Lia Gore, the director of Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

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