After his little brother died of Oxycontin abuse, Jeremiah Lindemann tried volunteering in a rehab center for people addicted to opioids.
He felt awkward, unhelpful and sad, so he stopped. Years would pass before Lindemann, a mapping software engineer from Thornton, found a way to honor his brother and, at the same time, help other families grieving loved ones who overdosed on opioids.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on Jan. 17 (two days after publication) when the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office finally responded to The Denver Post with information about its in-custody deaths.
The number of people who died in Colorado’s jails more than doubled in four years, following a national trend of a rising death toll among inmates in city and county jails across the country.