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New legislation introduced on Overdose Awareness Day gets Narcan to more patients

Thursday was Overdose Awareness Day, which holds a special meaning for one member of Colorado's congressional delegation.

September 04, 2023
US Representative Brittany Petersen stands with her Swedish Medical Center care team

Standing outside of Swedish Medical Center, the same hospital that saved her mom's life, US Representative Brittany Pettersen shared her story.

"My mom hurt her back like so many people. She went home with bottles upon bottles of opioids. I was just 6 years old. After her back recovered, my mom found herself wildly addicted to a medication," Pettersen said of the beginning of her mother's decades-long struggle with addiction.

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September 04, 2023
Swedish Medical Center

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"(Doctors at Swedish) have taken it upon themselves to make sure that everybody like my mom who shows up here is given Naloxone if they are at risk of an overdose. This overdose reversal drug, they are given it in person," Pettersen said.