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DENVER (CBS4) – Lawmakers want to help curb prescription drug abuse in Colorado, a state they say has one of the highest abuse rates in the country.

Some lawmakers want a pill that can’t be crushed and snorted, or melted and injected. That is how many people abuse prescription drugs, including nearly 30 percent of high school seniors in Colorado, according to one survey.

Even though lawmakers say it’s an epidemic, efforts to change the law ran into stiff opposition.

Rep. Jonathon Singer shows how easy it is to crush a pill (credit: CBS) Rep. Jonathon Singer shows how easy it is to crush a pill (credit: CBS)

Rep. Jonathon Singer, D-Longmont, used a hammer to drive home the need for abuse deterrent painkillers in Colorado. He showed a committee how easy it is to crush a pill into powder for easier abuse — drugs like OxyContin that are meant to work as time release capsules over 12 hours.

“That can be chopped up…

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