Colorado to spend $1 million to continue fight against opioid abuse |

Colorado to spend $1 million to continue fight against opioid abuse

Gov. John Hickenlooper hopes to make decision on special session Friday

Colorado is amplifying its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic with the creation of a research center that makes the state a national leader.

“This is a major step forward,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper as he signed the measure into law Senate Bill 193.

Looking at the 10,000 drug overdoses in Colorado since 2000, particularly opioid-related deaths, he added: “There’s no questioning that’s something out of control.”

The $1 million effort housed at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora will focus on expanding prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

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