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In fight against opioid abuse, doctors in Southwest Colorado reduce prescriptions – The Denver Post

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 42,000 people from across the country died in 2016 by opioid overdose, setting a record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Colorado, heroin was responsible for 228 deaths, and opioid-related deaths totaled 300 during the same year.

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