DENVER (KDVR) — More than 1,200 people died from drug overdoses in Colorado in 2020, according to new numbers obtained from the state.
The 1,216 overdose deaths marks a grim, new record for Colorado, up from 1,062 in 2019.
“The grief, quite honestly, is beginning to become unbearable,” says Lisa Raville.
Raville is the executive director of Denver’s Harm Reduction Action Center, which has been pushing for ways for substance-users to do so safely.
“In a magical world, there’d be no drugs, but we live here,” she says. “And not only do people use drugs here, we’re in the worst overdose crisis we’ve ever had here. We can do better.”