Bills tackling drug use, treatment debated

Bills tackling drug use, treatment debated

By Marissa Ventrelli, The Denver Gazette
Feb 23, 2024

Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday tackled two proposals that offer convergent — and divergent — approaches to combating drug abuse during a discussion that starkly illuminated ideological disagreements at the state Capitol.

Both bills emerged out of an ad hoc panel, which met over the summer as a response to soaring addiction rates nationwide and in Colorado. Colorado ranks in the top 10 states in the nation for drug use, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Advocates and policymakers agree that addressing such a complex issue requires a multifaceted response, but they often clash in their preferred solutions.

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