Time for state to deliver help to heavy drinkers
Colorado lawmaker silence is deafening in response to the 60% rise in alcohol deaths in our state, along with record-high domestic violence fatalities, in which 44% of perpetrators had indications of alcohol abuse. Those numbers rose over the same time period as the expansion of alcohol takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When fentanyl deaths went up, legislators mobilized in force. However, with alcohol deaths up, they are ready to give more incentives to alcohol businesses with Senate Bill 20 by making alcohol takeout and delivery permanent with permit fees of only $11/year with no mention of, much less compensation or funding for, addiction health care and victim services. Why not raise that to $111/year, which could…
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