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News Conference: Denver Law Enforcement Introduces a New Opioid Fighting Coalition


United States Attorney's Office,

1801 California Street, suite 1600,

Denver, CO 80202


Apr 17, 2018




S.A.F.E. Project joins a coalition of Colorado law enforcement and health care providers launch a program to punish dealers who spread heroin and fentanyl, and offer a helping hand to those suffering from addiction in Colorado. 

The newly formed Heroin Impact Project goes beyond the typical law enforcement focus on drug dealers. This time, they will be offering support to those who are struggling with addiction. 

As heroin deaths in Colorado have increased, law enforcement has been angry, frustrated and driven to attack the problem. In 2016, 228 people in Colorado died from a heroin overdose, a 42 percent increase over the previous year, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Data. 

Retired Navy Admiral Sandy Winnefeld speaks in support of a Colorado project to stop heroin addiction in Colorado. Winnefeld’s son, Jonathan died Sept. 7, 2017 of a heroin overdose in a dorm at the University of Denver. Winnefeld praised a new statewide effort to punish dealers while offering a helping hand to those suffering from substance use disorder. 

S.A.F.E. Project joins Colorado "Heroin Impact Project"