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Hundreds turn out for meeting on heroin use in Pueblo

By Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
Published On: Mar 12 2014 01:06:55 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 01:10:48 AM CDT

Hundreds turn out for meeting on heroin use in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. -

Hundreds of people who were concerned about a rising heroin problem in Pueblo learned what they can do to help their loved ones overcome their addiction.

"I have a relative, a close family member, that we believe is addicted to heroin and so I wanted to be here to find out which resources I can go to," said Monique Cordova.

About 250 people attended a discussion organized by Parkview on Tuesday night about heroin use in Pueblo.

Barbara Rivera knows the addiction can be deadly. "I'm here today because six years ago I lost my brother to a drug overdose," she said.

According to Matt Barden, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, most of the heroin in Pueblo is black tar heroin grown in Pueblo. Barden said it's unrefined and cheap. 

"So one use you have probably a pretty high probability of becoming a full-blown heroin addict after just one use," Barden said.

Several people voiced concern over what to do next, saying their relatives have refused to get treatment. Robert Archuleta, co-founder of Addict to Athlete and a recovery coordinator at Crossroads, said there are still ways to get loved ones to detox.

"You have to be able to prove that they're a danger to themselves or a danger to others. The family probably I'm sure has documentation or can tell stories about them being drunk, walking in front of traffic or suicidal ideations," Archuleta said.

For information on treatment and prevention services offered by Crossroads, visit: crossroadstp.org

For information on services provided by Parkview, visit: http://www.parkviewmc.com/care-treatment/behavioral-health/adult/chemical-dependency/

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