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The Rising Threat of Fentanyl: How the Deadly Synthetic Opioid Has Gained Traction in Colorado and Eagle County

The growing fentanyl crisis is an example of the challenges lurking beneath the rosy exterior of mountain resort living. However, a group of community members, local leaders, and experts are attempting to bring conversations around fentanyl to the surface — tackling the problem before it gets out of control.

While the rise of synthetic fentanyl has had widespread impacts, the drug was initially created for pharmaceutical and pain management use.

“Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management and treatment of cancer and cancer patients and symptoms,” said Kala Bettis, the outreach operations manager at Eagle Valley Behavioral Health.

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