Position: Colorado Public Radio

Western wildfires keep burning, air quality gets worse, and health warnings grow

As Western wildfires continue to burn, the health impact of all that smoke is a growing concern – especially with smoke advisories becoming as regular as a weather report. The number of large fires...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

A surge in meth use in Colorado complicates opioid recovery

Huddled at a computer screen at the Denver Recovery Group, counselor Melissa McConnell looks at the latest urinalysis results for her client, Sara Florence. Last fall, it lit up like a Christmas...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Want To Tackle A Pro 14er Like Capitol? Just Remember, ‘YouTube Is Not Your Mentor’

Colorado’s celebrated 14ers, the 58 notable peaks that stand more than 14,000 feet tall, claimed a record 10 lives in 2017. Mountain safety experts say a combination of factors explain that death...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Colorado campaign seeks to squelch addiction shame

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s $1.8 million Lift the Label campaign is all about challenging the perceptions of people with opioid addiction and encouraging them to get help. The campaign leverages a...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

By changing approach to pain, hospitals can cut into opioid epidemic

One of the most common reasons for finding yourself in the emergency room is pain. In response, doctors may try something simple at first, like ibuprofen or a Tylenol. If that wasn’t effective, the...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Coloradans sign up for health care in growing numbers

From the day President Donald Trump took office a year ago, he’s sharply criticized the Affordable Care Act as “a complete and total disaster.” But the Republican drive to “repeal and replace” the...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Aid in dying group releases early numbers on life-ending prescriptions for 2017

An advocacy group estimates that about 50 terminally ill adults in Colorado requested life-ending prescriptions this year, the first year doctors could assist patients under the state’s Aid in...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Properly disposing expired prescription drugs can curb abuse

What do you do with expired prescription drugs? Most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from a friend or relative for free, according to research published in the JAMA Internal...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado dentists and other doctors seek opioid alternatives as crisis worsens

Wisdom teeth surgery involves pliers, so there’s often some post-operative pain. For years, dentists have prescribed painkilling opioids, like percocet or vicodin for patients. But with opioid...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado program wants to get kids hooked on fruits, veggies

GREELEY (AP) – In a typical preschool, you’re already likely to see signs of one of the state’s biggest health challenges: obesity. One in five Colorado children on average, ages 2 to 4, are obese,...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food