About the Consortium

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (Consortium) was created in the fall of 2013 to establish a coordinated, statewide response to this major public health problem. The mission of the Consortium is to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs in the State of Colorado through improvements in education, public outreach, research, safe disposal, and treatment. The goal of these efforts is to prevent 92,000 Coloradans from misusing opioids by 2016.

The Consortium serves as a backbone, providing infrastructure to link the many agencies, organizations, health professions, associations, task forces, and programs that are currently addressing the prescription drug abuse problem, but are doing so in relative isolation and without the benefit of an organized, coordinated approach. The Consortium is housed administratively in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is coordinated by Professor Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh. The Consortium includes experts from the Anschutz Medical Campus health professional schools and colleges and leaders from key agencies and organizations in Colorado. Each work group is responsible for implementing the major initiatives outlined in the Governor’s Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse (health care provider education, public awareness, safe disposal, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) improvements, research/data sharing, and improving access and referrals to treatment; recently an additional initiative, increasing awareness of and access to naloxone, was added). Further, the Consortium allows for a broad range of innovative training experiences for professional and postgraduate students while facilitating development of new research programs that will lead to more effective prevention efforts, treatment protocols, and awareness of the problem of prescription drug abuse in Colorado.

For more information regarding the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, please contact us and complete the email form. We look forward to your involvement in this important effort to help make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation!