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    The abuse and misuse of prescription drugs in Colorado is one of the state’s major public health crises, and the human and economic cost of this crisis is staggering. In Colorado in 2017, 560 people died of overdoses that were linked to prescription opioids or heroin.

    The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention coordinates Colorado’s response to the crisis of misuse and abuse of prescription medications such as opioids, stimulants, and sedatives. Since the Consortium took its current form in 2013, it has been a place where stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints work together and focus their efforts to address the opioid crisis. Partners include federal agencies, major state departments and agencies including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Office of Behavioral Health, and dozens of grassroots organizations and dedicated individuals.

    The Consortium receives funds from the state and federal government and grants from nonprofit foundations and businesses. The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is the administrative home of the Consortium.


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    Drug overdose deaths across Colorado drop for the first time in years

    Colorado makes gains fighting U.S. opioid overdose death rate

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    Capitol review: Lawmakers chipped away at opioid epidemic with 6 bills

    How CU uses its expertise to fight the opioid crisis

    OBH leads CRAFT training in Pueblo

    ‘No county is particularly immune’

    New Guide Helps Coloradans Achieve Mental Wellness and Recovery

    New legislation aims to tackle opioid crisis in Colorado

    Rob Valuck of CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy on Safe Injection Sites

    Drawing from successful ER pilot, statewide coalition looks to limit opioids across hospital departments

    As the overdose epidemic in Colorado continues, hospitals are taking a new step to dramatically reduce opioid prescriptions

    Opioid Addiction Targets Emergency Department Programs

    New initiatives aim to slow a new generation of drug addicts

    Survey: More Colorado Teens Are Realizing The Risk Of Misusing Prescription Opiates

    Report shows Colorado’s response to the opioid crisis

    American Medical Association analysis finds progress on Colorado’s efforts to reverse opioid epidemic

    The first Colorado Senate bill of the session focuses on opioids

    Amid a growing opioid epidemic, lawmakers hope to end drug-addiction withdrawal in county jails

    Eastern Plains Program Brings New Understanding Of Opioid Crisis To Coloradans

    Fremont County officials, organizations addressing the opioid crisis together

    Majority of Coloradans think there is a prescription drug abuse problem in their communities, support increased state funding for education programs

    Here’s a big-picture look at the opioid epidemic in Colorado


    Check back soon for updates





    The General Assembly’s Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee is meeting this summer and fall. Visit the committee’s website or the Consortium’s Legislature page for information about the committee’s work.


    Read the 2018 Heroin in Colorado report, which builds on last year’s report and details the extent of heroin use in the state.


    With assistance from the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Policy Academy to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, experts from across Colorado gathered in 2013 and created a statewide Strategic Plan to address this problem. Download a copy of the plan below.

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