Rep. Brittany Pettersen helps pass legislation creating an opioid research center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A state lawmaker has opened up about the most private and painful part of her life as she fights for laws aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic.

Rep. Brittany Pettersen, a Democrat representing Lakewood, was just six years old when her mom became addicted to prescription painkillers and later heroin.

Nearly three decades later, Pettersen is talking about it publicly for the first time.

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