Health

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

Last Updated by RMPBS News Staff, Lori Jane Gliha on

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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Stories of Addiction

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Our "Insight" team interviews four Coloradans who have been affected by the nation's opioid-abuse epidemic. Watch the full piece "Opioid Babies" Thursday, February 16 at 7pm.

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

Last Updated by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch on

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

Last Updated by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, RMPBS News Staff, Kristin Jones on

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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