Matt - Garfield County

Matt - Garfield County

“[I]n the past we’ve treated [opioid addiction] as a criminal justice issue when it should be a public health issue... When somebody has any other kind of disease we don’t throw them in jail, we throw them in a hospital.”
— Matt, Garfield County

The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries. Its victims are rural and urban, male and female, young and old as well as the community around them. As Matt said, we need to treat this epidemic as a public health crisis, rather than putting opioid users in jail, a practice that has caused desperate overcrowding across our state. In Alamosa County, for example, 92% of prison inmates are opioid users, and the facility is at 200% capacity.

As Attorney General, I will make addressing the opioid epidemic a top priority, and support leaders across our state who are suing pharmaceutical companies to hold them accountable for their part in this crisis. I will join this lawsuit, and use funds received from a settlement to develop accessible treatment options. I will also work with healthcare providers to cut through bureaucratic red tape that currently makes it difficult to open clinics. And, I will work with communities and law enforcement to forge solutions that help Coloradans. Learn more about my plan here.