A Surge In Meth Use In Colorado Complicates Opioid Recovery

A homeless man in Denver draws heroin into a syringe. Treatment centers in the city say patterns of drug use seem to be changing. While most users once relied on a single drug — typically painkillers or heroin or cocaine — an increasing number now also use meth.

Last year, 280 Coloradans who died of a drug overdose had methamphetamine in the mix. That’s up sharply from 2016 and more than five times the number in 2012.

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