Governor Signs "Red Flag" Bill making it Law

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Colorado has become the 15th state to allow temporary removal of firearms from a person who is determined to be a threat to self or others.

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"Red Flag Law" Bill to be Introduced in Upcoming Legislative Session

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Incoming House Majority Leader says he will introduce a bill allowing involuntary treatment of mentally ill and temporary safekeeping of firearms. With Democrats now in control of both the House and Senate, Alec Garnett (D-Dist 2) believes the measure has necessary support to pass.

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State Audit Finds More Problems with System to Help Vulnerable Adults

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Colorado failed adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities thousands of times in fiscal year 2017, according to a new state audit.

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EXCLUSIVE: Killer Blames Marijuana Edible for Wife's Murder; New Research Explores Edibles and Psychiatric Effects

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A killer speaks out from behind bars for the first time and says a marijuana edible caused him to murder his wife. "I didn't know it was my wife!" he exclaimed. RMPBS looks at new emergency department research related to edibles.

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Marijuana Murder? : A Reporter’s Notebook about the case of Richard Kirk

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Behind the scenes as a reporter details why she pursued an interview with the killer who claimed a marijuana edible caused him to kill his wife.

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Deadly Fire Prompts New Bill

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A Rocky Mountain PBS investigation found cases of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, and negligence involving Colorado host homes, including the case of Tanya Bell, who died in a 2016 fire when she couldn’t escape in her wheelchair. New legislation has been introduced to improve safety standards.

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Host Home Bill Dies in Senate Committee

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A state Senate committee rejected a Democrat-sponsored  bill aimed at increasing inspections and improving safety conditions at Medicaid-funded host homes for people with developmental disabilities.

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Death and Mistreatment of Disabled Adults Prompts Action

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The state is reviewing its regulations to see whether they can be strengthened to improve  the health, welfare, and safety of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities after a deadly fire and other allegations of neglect and abuse.

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"Insight: Opioid Babies" Pregnant Addicts Have Limited Medical Options

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Nearly half of the 64 counties in Colorado do not currently have a medical provider with training and licensing to legally prescribe buprenorphine, one of two recommended treatments for pregnant opioid addicts. Data shows the number of babies who experienced opioid-related withdrawal symptoms increased nearly two and a half times between 2011 and 2015.

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Researcher: $2.1M Colorado-Funded Pot Study Facing Challenges

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a signature wound from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Colorado is funding a study to determine if marijuana can be an effective treatment for veterans who suffer from PTSD, but researchers say VA rules about marijuana are hampering recruiting

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Common Virus, Silent Killer

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CMV is a common virus, yet few report knowing about it. The virus can be life-threatening to newborn babies and there are few, if any, treatments.

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Marijuana Moms

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Cannabis use among pregnant and breastfeeding mothers is on the rise. Health officials warn of possible risks to babies.

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Rural Colorado grapples with opiate epidemic and high death rate from overdoses

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The ability to provide or receive the life-saving drug naloxone in Colorado still depends on geography.

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New Targeted Treatments Extend the Lives of Patients with Deadly Cancers

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The odds of surviving stage four lung cancer are disheartening. Nationwide, fewer than three percent of those diagnosed will live five years. But the numbers don’t tell the full story.

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Charity Health Care Hard to Come by for Undocumented Immigrants

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Undocumented immigrants in Colorado have it tough when it comes to accessing low-cost specialty medical care. Obtaining health insurance is difficult, and a tangle of state and federal laws and hospital policies can conspire to deny charity care.

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