THE COLORADO PLAN TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

    Prescription drug misuse and abuse is a serious problem both nationally and here in Colorado.  In 2016, overdose deaths involving opioids numbered approximately 42,000 nationally; there were 504 fatal overdoses involving opioids in Colorado that year. Such deaths are now more common than alcohol-related traffic fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call prescription drug overdose deaths one of the four most serious epidemics facing the nation. As recently as 2010-2011, Colorado ranked #2 in the nation among young adults ages 12-24 for self-admitted, non-medical use of prescription painkillers. Enough opioid painkillers are dispensed by pharmacies in the United States to supply each and every American citizen with enough painkilling pills to take one every four hours, around the clock, for a month. To address this problem, Colorado convened experts from across the state to create the Colorado Plan to Reduce Rx Abuse (see below/right for a downloadable PDF copy of the plan).

    COLORADO LAUNCHES TAKE MEDS SERIOUSLY PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

    In February 2015, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, in conjunction with Webb Strategic Communications and Zeto Creative, launched a statewide public awareness campaign called TakeMedsSeriously.org. The campaign has three key messages: Safe Use, Safe Storage, and Safe Disposal of prescription medications; as well as informative statistics, real life stories from affected families, a quiz to test your knowledge, and useful links to resources that can help people find ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from the problems and consequences of misuse or abuse.

    NEWS

    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams talks opioid crisis at Aspen forum (6/22/18)

    REPORT: Heroin in Colorado 2018

    Stigma Is A Barrier To Addiction Treatment. Lift The Label Hopes To Squelch The Shame (6/4/18)

    State opioid measures aim to address opioids as deaths continue to rise (6/3/18)

    Parents Advocate For Adolescents To Avoid Opioids (5/30/18)

    New Laws Designed To Lessen Opioid Crisis In Colorado (5/21/18)

    Boulder County experts say new medication could ease detox, but treatment mix still needed (5/20/18)

    Campaign aims to reduce stigma of opioid and heroin addiction (5/14/18)

    Colorado launches a nearly $1.8 million campaign to end stigma around opioid addiction (5/14/18)

    Legislature Passes Opioid Bill Package Supporters Say ‘Will Literally Be Saving Lives’ (5/11/18)

    Boulder County joins drug take back day in bid to trim flow of unused opioids (4/23/18)

    To Educate Colorado Communities On Opioids, AmeriCorps Deploys ‘Super Passionate Workforce’ (4/19/18)

    New program helps inmates fighting drug addiction (4/19/18)

    Heroin Impact project addresses rise in heroin use and deaths (4/18/18)

    Pledging to punish the “poison pushers” in Colorado, a new partnership forms to fight heroin (4/17/18)

    You Can Carry The Opioid Overdose Antidote In Colorado, No Prescription Necessary (4/12/18)

    More Americans urged to carry overdose reversing drug (4/5/18)

    More Coloradans died last year from drug overdoses than any year in the state’s history. That shows how the opioid epidemic is changing. (4/4/18)

    When Collective Impact Has an Impact: Full ReportExecutive SummaryBlog Post (3/2/18)

    State Gives $1 Million for New Center to Fight Opioid Epidemic

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    2018 Work Group Meeting Schedules
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    HEROIN IN COLORADO

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

    STRATEGIC PLAN

    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.

    COLORADO LEGISLATURE

    Track the progress of the six opioid-related bills being considered this year by the Colorado Legislature. This summary of the bills includes links to the bills as well as details about upcoming hearings.