WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (CBS4)– More attention is being placed on opioid abuse in Colorado now that Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed five bills into law that address the crisis.
Hickenlooper signed the bills into law in Wheat Ridge on Monday.READ MORE: Explosion & Fire At Elkins Distilling In Estes Park Hospitalizes 2 People
Officials say in Colorado, opioids have killed 5,000 people from 2000 to 2016. Lawmakers hope the new legislation will lower that number.READ MORE: Colorado Congressional Leaders React To COVID Relief Bill Passage
“It can happen to anyone. Opioid addiction is an affliction that comes out of nowhere,” said Hickenlooper. “It’s impossible to predict.”MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccines Can Cause Worrisome Side Effect But Doctors Say Don’t Panic
The new laws will restrict the number of opioid pills a health care professional can prescribe and fund opioid addiction programs.