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Lecture about history and ethics of opioid use to be held Nov. 29

Fort Lewis College will present The History and Ethics of Opioids as part of the Lifelong Learning Lecture series at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in Room 130 of Noble Hall, 1000 Rim Drive. The lecture will be...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Treatment is changing to prevent opioid addiction

After Durangoan Florence Paillard had surgery on a herniated disk in her back last month, her doctor prescribed Tramadol, an opioid, without any refills. The limited prescription is evidence of...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pilot program to curb opioid addiction to be expanded

WASHINGTON – A pilot program that encouraged the use of alternatives to opioids at Colorado hospitals will soon be implemented at hospitals across the country as a result of President Donald Trump...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Opioid Memorial Wall will not visit

Herald Staff Report The Opioid Memorial Wall will not be visiting the Durango Public Library Monday because of snow storms on the Front Range. The display was planned to raise awareness about the...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

In fight against opioid abuse, doctors in Southwest Colorado reduce prescriptions

Preventing opioid addiction can start in a doctor’s office, which is why hospitals and clinics across the region are cutting back on prescribing opioids such as codeine and oxycodone. More than...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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

Trump readies opioid plan amid worries it won’t be enough

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s long-awaited declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency finally arrives this week, but some advocates are worried that it won’t be backed...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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

Event raises awareness for opioid addiction and overdose

Deb Gibson lost her 21-year-old son, Shane, to an accidental opioid overdose four years ago. Since then, she has made it her mission to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic in America. Gibson...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

As overdose deaths rise, Colorado plans addiction-prevention efforts

With the opioid epidemic reaching unprecedented national levels and more heroin flowing into Southwest Colorado, additional addiction-prevention work is set to start this fall. In October, 12...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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