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An ambulance arrives at Denver Health’s emergency department on Nov. 11, where the director said the unit is seeing an unprecedented number of people landing in the emergency room with underlying mental illnesses.

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They’re victims of car accidents, they’ve been shot or they threatened their parents. They have overdosed on cocaine, swallowed too many pills or passed out drunk. On an average Friday or Saturday night, they can make up about half of the sick, injured and wounded crowding the rooms and hallways of the emergency department at Denver Health.


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