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New study shows Colorado heroin-related deaths are doubling

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Colorado heroin use by county. (Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) Colorado heroin use by county. (Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)
COLORADO SPRINGS -

News 5 has covered the heroin epidemic in Colorado, and now there are numbers to back up many assumptions that use is up across the state. 

The Heroin Response Work Group released a new study Thursday looking at heroin in Colorado. The study compares heroin use from 2011 to 2015. 

In 2011, statewide there were 79 heroin-related deaths. By 2015 that number doubled to 160.

Law enforcement departments across the state are also busier fighting the epidemic. In 2011, 16 pounds of the drug were seized and just four years later nearly 270 pounds were taken. 

When you look at a map of the state where heroin use is the most prevalent, it's easy to see that southern Colorado has the most heroin users. Pueblo County was in the highest percentile of heroin use by county and also ranked as having statistically higher use. Other counties with the most use include Huerfano, Las Animas, and Otero. 

Read more on the study here

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