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With youth as audience, Denver mayoral candidates focus on fentanyl at 5280 High School forum

Recent mayoral debates have been combative, but the forum on Thursday, which focused on fentanyl, was much more collaborative. The Denver Gazette reports:


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Denver mayoral candidates to answer youth questions on drugs, violence, mental health

On Thursday, 5280 High School and Rise Above Colorado will host a youth-led mayoral forum to address issues that affect teens like mental health, fentanyl and school-based violence, Fox31 reports.


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Denver’s fentanyl crisis is focus of next mayor’s race debate

Rise Above Colorado, a group focused on measuring the effects of teen perceptions and attitudes about the risks of substance abuse, will host a forum among the mayoral candidates on March 16 in an effort to bring attention to the fentanyl crisis, The Denver Gazette reports.

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Social media companies provide easy access to fentanyl, Colorado AG report shows

Crackdown by social media companies on the flow of fentanyl and other drugs through their platforms has been inconsistent, exacerbated by insufficient legislation and other public policies to regulate social media, according to a new report from Attorney General Phil Weiser. The Denver Gazette has the story.


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‘Life’s been different’: Lone survivor of Commerce City fentanyl poisonings breaks her silence

One year ago, five people were found dead inside a Commerce City apartment. Initially, no one knew exactly what happened inside apartment 307 at the North Range Crossings Apartments, not even the one person who survived that night.  9News interviews the lone survivor.


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Why all parents should get Narcan and more on the dangers of fentanyl

Federal, state and local governments are scrambling to address the threat posed by fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that has set off the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. The FDA is considering making the antidote Narcan available over the counter, The Washington Post reports. Find out what this could mean for parents.

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Teachers learn to administer Narcan amid opioid crisis

As the U.S. continues to contend with an opioid epidemic that has led to surge in accidental deaths among teens — largely due to fentanyl — some teachers are now being educated on the use of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses, CBS News reports.


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Eleven Denver mayoral candidates share views on how to reduce fentanyl’s death toll 


Denver — Eleven candidates for Denver mayor responded to four specific questions from Rise Above Colorado about how they would address the city’s fentanyl epidemic, which claimed far more lives in 2022 than car crashes and homicides combined. 

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