Steamboat Pilot, May 2019 – Gov. Polis signed a bill into law that will expand a medication-assisted treatment program to help people recover from substance abuse, including in Routt County.

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law May 14 to help expand a Routt County pilot program into other counties to treat people with substance abuse problems.


Colorado lawmakers are attempting to pass a bill that would provide medication-assisted treatment programs to addicts across the state. The bill unanimously passed the Senate last week and heads to the House of Representatives. (Stock photo, Shutterstock)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Melinda McDowell will be one among many recovering addicts heading to the state Capitol in Denver on Friday to testify in support of a bill that would expand a medication-assisted treatment program.


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Ashley McAuliffe grew up as the typical Steamboat Springs native, skiing every chance she could and suffering the inevitable injuries from the sport.

After a few broken ankles and wrists, plus a three-year regimen of opioids to handle the pain, she found herself in a scary place she never expected — addicted to the pills that were supposed to help her.

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