DENVER (CBS4) – State lawmakers are considering a first-of-its-kind pilot program to combat an opioid epidemic in Colorado.
Experts say 41 people a month die from an opioid overdose in Colorado.READ MORE: Jeffco Public Schools Aims To Offer Flexibility With Remote Learning Next Fall
Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, is sponsoring a bill that would provide $500,000 in grants for the next two years to expand access to treatment in rural areas.READ MORE: COVID In Aurora: Signs For Vaccine Become Sticking Point Between Clinic & City
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Among those testifying in favor of the bill was a Pueblo paramedic.