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DENVER – The opioid crisis has hit Colorado hard over the past few years.

With overdose deaths well above the national average, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office has handed out 4,000 Narcan kits to law enforcement agencies statewide.

“That is a drug that can cause an immediate reversal of an opioid overdose,” said Leora Joseph, chief of staff for the attorney general’s office. “It’s really a miracle.”

Narcan is the brand name for a device that delivers naloxone, which is administered as a nasal spray. It breaks down the narcotics, slowing down their effect.

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