Methadone clinics in Colorado have doubled in 3 years

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DENVER (AP) - Access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction has expanded rapidly in Colorado over the past few years but isn't yet close to getting meeting the need.

In the past three years, the number of methadone clinics in Colorado has doubled - from 11 to 23.

The Denver Post reports that most are in the Denver area, but there are now two in Pueblo and one each in the San Luis Valley, Colorado Springs, Greeley, Grand Junction, Montrose and Durango.

New admissions to "opioid treatment programs" have gone from 1,388 people statewide in 2013 to 3,566 last fiscal year.

But a recent Colorado Health Institute report found that of 22,000 people addicted to opioids in Colorado, just 4,000 received treatment at a clinic for opioid addiction.