Colorado

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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University Hospital, Community Efforts Make Eduardo Franco Whole Again

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Eduardo Franco Ramirez was left with a large piece of his skull missing when doctors removed it to save his life. His condition spoke to the complicated circumstances faced by undocumented immigrants needing specialized medical care.

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Major Weapon Against Sex Assault Isn’t Offered on Most Campuses

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Although the federal government has called on colleges to do more to help victims of sexual assault, one of the most important tools in fighting rape – the sexual assault forensic exam, often referred to as SANE exam or rape kit – isn’t widely available on college campuses.

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Governor Signs New Law Boosting Campus Response to Sex Assaults

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Gov. Hickenlooper has signed legislation upping the requirements for state colleges in dealing with sex assaults. The new law follows an I-News investigation last fall that showed an important medical test for victims wasn’t widely available.

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Campus Rape Story Goes Viral, Raising Questions about Lack of Justice

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A report by Rolling Stone magazine about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house went viral this week, forcing the school’s president to confront allegations of a sexual assault epidemic on campus. Questions about justice loomed large.

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SANE Exam, Important Tool Against Rape, Initiated at Foothills Hospital

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Boulder’s Foothills Hospital opened its 24-7 sexual assault nurse examiner program on March 14. One aspect of the exam, which didn’t exist previously in Boulder County, is the collection of legal evidence that can put rapists behind bars.

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Rape Kits Can be Hard to Find for College Students

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The sexual assault forensic exam is a key tool leading to the conviction of rapists, and in ensuring the physical well-being of survivors. But the so-called SANE exam, or rape kit, isn’t offered at CU, or anywhere in Boulder County, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found. The same is true of CSU and Fort Collins.

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Colo. Senate Advances Bill To Strengthen Colleges’ Rape Kit Rules

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Colorado colleges and universities must designate a nearby medical facility where their students can receive Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams, under proposed legislation passed by a Senate committee Monday.

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