PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - The State Health Department recently released a comprehensive report on the heroin epidemic affecting Colorado.
The most shocking finding was that Pueblo County's heroin overdose rates for 2013-2015 are three times higher than the rest of the state of Colorado in 2016.
Thirteen people died of heroin overdose in Pueblo County in 2013 while 16 people died in 2015.
It’s a problem the Pueblo Heroin Task Force is trying to tackle through developing treatment plans.
“Addiction treatment is not something you get done in a couple of months. It may take a couple of years but that's what we're committed to doing, is to get into the long term treatment that they need,” said Margaret Redmond with the Pueblo Human Relations Commission.
But the problem isn't limited to Pueblo, the report says the entire state is seeing an increase in heroin use.