Bill to Treat and Prevent Substance Abuse Passes First Hurdle

DENVER—Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved Senator Kevin Lundberg's bill taking initial steps to treat and prevent substance abuse on a unanimous vote.

Senate Bill 17-193 creates the center for research into prevention  strategies for, and treatment of, abuse of and addiction to opioids, other controlled substances, and alcohol at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. 

In 2015, 452 Coloradans died from opiate-related overdoses, both prescription opioids and heroin. That number more than doubles the 205 people who died as a result of homicide in the same year.

"Heroin and opioid-related overdoses are a public health crisis plaguing communities across our entire state," said Lundberg. "We owe it to the families of those affected, as well as future generations of Coloradans, to devote the same attention and urgency to this epidemic that we would any other illnesses devastating our communities."

Senate Bill 193 now continues on to a vote of the Committee on Appropriations. 

 

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