Fentanyl Deaths Increase in Colorado, Especially in El Paso County

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Colorado Springs and El Paso County continue to see elevated incidences of fentanyl distribution and overdose deaths. Fentanyl made headlines in Colorado when a 21-year-old University of Colorado Boulder student Madeline Globe died from ingesting what she thought to be prescription Xanax, but was actually a counterfeit pill laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl is often mixed into counterfeit pills in illegal … Read More

In Colorado, Alcohol Surpasses All Other Substances in Drug Treatment Admissions

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At least five alcohol-related deaths occur each day in the state of Colorado. Colorado’s prevailing alcohol culture contributes to an atmosphere rich in excessive drinking, which is reflected by the number of people seeking treatment for alcohol addiction each year. The portion of the population that engages in excessive drinking in Colorado has hovered around 20% since 2017 according to … Read More

Free Online Meeting Platform for Recovery Support Groups Now Available

The Recovery Village Recovery Room App

The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake remains committed to the health, safety and long-term recovery of our patients and community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Meeting regularly with a support group of peers in recovery is an essential part of addiction treatment aftercare due to the numerous benefits for lifelong healing. To better support people in recovery who may also … Read More

The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake Joins the Aetna Insurance Network

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The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is now an in-network provider with Aetna, expanding coverage and access to drug and alcohol treatment programs for people in need of rehab and recovery. By partnering with insurance providers like Aetna, we can widen the network of care to reach more clients who want comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for addiction. Becoming an in-network provider … Read More

Prescription Opioid Overdoses Decline in Colorado While Meth Addiction Remains a Significant Threat

While Colorado celebrates the first reduction in drug overdose deaths since 2012, the state recognizes that most drug poisoning deaths are actually increasing. In 2018, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 974 deaths from drug overdoses, a decrease from 1,012 in 2017. Prescription opioids specifically declined from 373 deaths in 2017 to 349 in 2018. Officials are … Read More

One In Five Colorado Teenage Deaths Caused By Suicide

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For a long time, there has been a stigma surrounding mental health issues in the United States. Teens are no exception, as they often can feel embarrassed or ashamed to discuss conditions like depression and, in many cases, attempt to self-treat with substances like alcohol or drugs. In recent years, mental health has become part of a national discussion and … Read More

Kratom Popular in Colorado Despite FDA Concerns

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A relatively new drug is seeing a massive rise in popularity in the state of Colorado: kratom. Despite health warnings from the FDA about the drug, kratom is being sold in massive quantities throughout the state. What is kratom? This herbal drug, Mitragyna speciosa, originally comes from Southeast Asia and has been used for centuries. It interacts with the same … Read More

Native American Hospitals Expose Patients to Opioid Risks

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According to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General, hospitals may be putting Native American patients at increased risk for both opioid abuse and overdoses. The report sheds light on the fact that these hospitals aren’t following their own protocols for how they prescribe and dispense opioids. The federal audit was … Read More

Marijuana Use May Be Declining Where Legalized

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Research gleaned from new Youth Risk Behavior Surveys points to a decrease in adolescent marijuana use in states where pot is now legal. A 2018 analysis of multiple surveys conducted in states where marijuana is legal found a 9% decrease — not an increase — in the likelihood of frequent marijuana use. Additionally, a study of nearly 3,000 research papers … Read More

Colorado in the Midst of a Meth Crisis

Woman with a meth addiction experiences the side effects in Colorado

Meth use has been a problem in Colorado and other western states for decades, but the opioid crisis has taken the main headlines in recent years. Now, another substance is beginning to gain more attention as meth addiction and abuse is rising in Colorado. It may be surprising, but methamphetamine is now more fatal in Colorado than heroin. Crystal meth … Read More