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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