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Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Health Profession Addicts Seeking Help

The Denver Post

A group that counsels medical professionals with drug addictions and other problems has seen a 20 percent increase in patients from some disciplines, while federal agents are already investigating more drug thefts by Colorado health care workers than they handled all of last year.

In the past week, the group Peer Assistance Services has been deluged with calls, activity it traces to publicity surrounding the case of former Rose Medical Center surgical tech Kristen Diane Parker, who has admitted she stole fentanyl-filled syringes and at times replaced them with her dirty needles filled with saline. Eleven cases of hepatitis C have so far been diagnosed from Rose from the time she worked there. what's been in the paper; more nurses are realizing the severity of addiction, and they are seeking help," said Rebecca Heck, director of the Peer Assistance nursing

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