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Old 03-15-2016, 09:45 PM
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Why Pueblo has the highest per-capita homicide rate in Colorado - The Denver Post
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:10 AM
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"Opioid use specifically black-tar heroin in Pueblo has risen sharply in the past several years. County Coroner Brian Cotter likened the spread to "an explosion." Police say it has become the cheapest high in town, ... The Colorado Health Institute found deaths in Pueblo linked to drugs were at a rate above 20 per 100,000 people in 2014, higher than the statewide average of 16.3 drug-related deaths per 100,000. In 2002, drug-related deaths ... in Pueblo ... 13 per 100,000 people, according to CHI."

"Pueblo had 13 homicides in 2014 and 2015 a record ... Last year, the city's homicide rate was 12 per 100,000 people. By comparison, Boulder, which has roughly the same population ... had 3 homicides in 2015 with a per-capita homicide rate of 2.9 per 100,000. Denver and Aurora's homicide rate last year were 7.5 and 6.2 per 100,000 people, respectively."

"Investigators .... identified more than 1,000 gang members ... roughly 1% of Pueblo's population. The police department had one officer dedicated to ..."

IIRC, a couple years ago, drug laws were changed to make opioid pain meds, like Fentanyl, much harder to obtain, so people turned to heroin as an easily available alternative. It should bother us all that heroin is so easy to obtain, but it is and it is an epidemic nationwide. EMTs (some cops, and many schools) now carry the drug Naloxone to combat heroin overdoses. There are numerous articles in the press on the heroin problem.

What to make of this:
- Changes to drug laws may mean well but often make things worse, as in this case.
- Anti-tax attitudes hinder federal and local governments from adequately addressing our problems.
- Older industrial cities with lesser educated populations are more prone to substance abuse and violence.
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