Colorado's opioid epidemic has recently taken focus at the state capitol, as officials express the need to limit the drug abuse that is killing hundreds each year. More than 63,000 people have died from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2017. Opioids were involved in 75 percent of those deaths. This statistic hits close to home in Colorado as the number of opioid overdoses continues to rise.
The Denver Post addressed the change seen in the opioid epidemic last year. With drug deaths being the worst in the state's history, the opioid epidemic is transforming into a broader overdose crisis. Although the state's problem ranks in the middle of the pack, experts say that there are significant gaps in prevention and treatment for drug addiction in Colorado. Most likely killing more people all together than car crashes, overdoses including death from methamphetamine rose drastically. Heroin and cocaine overdoses were also well above where they were a couple years ago.