PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo County has the highest rate of fatal heroin overdoses in Colorado.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/2kMc0bA ) that Dr. Michael Nerenberg told the Pueblo City Council at its work session Tuesday that the county had 12 heroin overdoses in each 2015 and 2016. The county also had the highest rate of drug-related overdoses with 38 deaths in 2016 including heroin deaths.
Nerenberg oversees the Point Access Pueblo needle-exchange program. He says his program serves about 360 people a month. He says needle-exchange programs are the first step in getting people into treatment.
He said the council and other elected officials should encourage law enforcement to help, not arrest, addicts.
Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com