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Colorado Edition: Opioid addiction stigma; Native American school mascots

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Last year, Colorado saw a record high in the number of people who lost their lives to opioid overdoses. KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel tells us about the state’s anti-stigma campaign, Lift the Label, that encourages those abusing opioids to seek treatment. She also brings us a conversation about the structural side of stigma with Daniel Goldberg, associate professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

Over the summer, Gov. Polis signed a bill to ban Native American school mascots. Now, a North Dakota-based group is questioning the bill’s constitutionality in a new lawsuit. Staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, Matthew Campbell, tells us about the lawsuit and his research into the impacts of Native American school mascots.

Today's episode of Colorado Edition was hosted by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy) and edited by Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny). Our production team includes Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. 

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

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