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Nine Stories About the Opioid Epidemic and Potential Solutions

Nine Stories About the Opioid Epidemic and Potential Solutions
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An opioid epidemic is sweeping across the country and ravaging Denver's drug addicts. It's motivation enough for the Harm Reduction Action Center to push for a safe injection site in Denver, and has staff at the Denver Library, whose Central branch has seen six overdoses this year, training on how to administer Narcan, a medication that treats overdoses. Here are nine stories that dive into drug-related problems — and solutions — in Denver.

Nine Stories About the Opioid Epidemic and Potential Solutions
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1. Six People Have Overdosed at the Denver Library’s Central Branch in 2017

Pedro Dominguez
Pedro Dominguez
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2. Inside Zachary Mueller's Meth-Fueled Body-in-a-Barrel Murder

Opioids such as Oxycontin continue to be abused in Denver and Colorado.
Opioids such as Oxycontin continue to be abused in Denver and Colorado.
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3. What Opioids Are Killing the Most People in Denver and Colorado

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4. Heroin Deaths in Denver Up 933 Percent in 14 Years, Colorado Numbers Shocking

Keep reading for more stories about drugs.

John Orlando Sanchez, who goes by his middle name, in a Facebook photo.
John Orlando Sanchez, who goes by his middle name, in a Facebook photo.
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5. How Meth, Murder and Gangbanging Earned Orlando Sanchez 100 Years-Plus

Cody Jones in a 2014 Facebook photo.
Cody Jones in a 2014 Facebook photo.
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6. Why Cody Jones Got 45 Years for Cash-and-Drugs Invasion at Wrong House

Sunset watchers gather on Stoner Hill.
Sunset watchers gather on Stoner Hill.
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7. Temporarily Banning Suspected Drug Users From Parks Ruled Unconstitutional

Lisa Raville is the Harm Reduction Action Center's executive director.
Lisa Raville is the Harm Reduction Action Center's executive director.
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8. Harm Reduction Action Center Wants Safe Spaces for Injection Drug Users

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9. Pot Taxes Pay for Public-Health Approach to Drug Use Under "Game-Changing" Plan

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