This is a selection of recent media stories, reports, press releases, and other items that discuss the prescription drug abuse epidemic and opioid crisis. Please follow us on Twitter for regular updates.


    Colorado overdose deaths fall for first time since 2012

    Colorado records modest decline in drug overdose deaths — the first decline since 2012

    Prescriptions Fall 14% As Colorado Doctors Cut Back On Opioids

    Peer coaches offer substance use support in the ER 

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

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

    CoBank Contributes $500,000 for Opioid Abuse Prevention Research and Education

    Colorado’s Opioid Crisis Slows, In Part Because Of A Drug That Reverses Overdoses

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

    OBH leads CRAFT training in Pueblo

    ‘No county is particularly immune’

    New Guide Helps Coloradans Achieve Mental Wellness and Recovery

    How CU uses its expertise to fight the opioid crisis

    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

    Fremont County organizations to address opioid crisis during January event

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

    The Opioid Crisis Begins at Home

    The opioid epidemic: How we got here, how we stop it (7/30/18)

    Addiction expert discusses relapses (7/26/18)

    Denver Releases Opioid Response Strategic Plan to Address Growing Crisis (7/24/18)

    Why have opioid overdoses recently almost doubled? (7/13/18)

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

    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)

    REPORT: Heroin in Colorado 2018

    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)

    Colorado’s Opioid Crisis Fuels Alamosa’s Jail Overcrowding (3/29/18)

    Consortium director interviewed about kratom (3/23/18)

    When Collective Impact Has an Impact: Full Report; Executive Summary; Blog Post (3/2/18)

    Addressing Opioids: Sometimes, Leaders Simply Step Forward (3/2/18)

    Hoping To Blunt Opioid Deaths, ‘Naloxone For Life’ Is Equipping Colorado First Responders (2/6/18)

    Dreamland in Denver recap: Busting myths, preconceptions about opioid epidemic (2/5/18)

    In fight against opioid abuse, doctors in Southwest Colorado reduce prescriptions (2/4/18)

    Increase in number of Boulder County law enforcement carrying naloxone to battle opioid overdoses (1/31/18)

    After his son overdosed in Denver, a father works to combat the opioid epidemic (1/29/18)

    To combat addiction, several Colorado hospitals tried a new approach to treating pain. Their use of opioids plummeted. (1/25/18)

    Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention gets $1.5M grant (1/22/18)

    As the opioid crisis grows, here’s what Colorado lawmakers are proposing in 2018 (1/19/18)

    Proposed bill focuses on opioid pill prescriptions and accountability (1/18/18)

    Debate over bills in Colorado legislature to begin soon (1/17/18)

    Denver heroin users could use supervised injection site if proposal passes multiple hurdles (11/5/17)

    Here’s how Colorado is combating the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic (11/5/17)

    Colorado’s opioid epidemic explained in 10 graphics (11/5/17)

    For Colorado’s opioid crisis, lawmakers endorse prescription limits and possibility of safe-injection sites (10/31/17)

    The opioid crisis across the country (10/29/17)

    The Heroin Fix: Addicts Saving Each Other With Narcan (10/27/17)

    What does the opioid crisis look like in Colorado? (10/27/17)

    Expired Prescriptions And Leftover Drugs Are The Low-Hanging Fruit Of Combating Abuse (10/27/17)

    Arapahoe County holds town hall meeting to address opioid crisis (10/27/17)

    CHI Analysis: The Opioid Epidemic Is Officially a National Public Health Emergency. What Does That Mean For Colorado? (10/25/17)

    RX Task Force back with three-part series to address opioid epidemic (10/4/17)

    Radical approach to overdose epidemic: Give safe place for drug users (9/25/17)

    Attorney General joins investigation into opioid manufacturers and distributors (9/21/17)

    Press release: AG Coffman announces expansion of the investigation into leading opioid manufacturers and distributors (9/19/17)

    As overdose deaths rise, Colorado plans addiction-prevention efforts (9/13/17)

    Colorado Heroin And Opioid Deaths Rise Even More Dramatically (9/12/17)

    Boulder County dentists take a bite out of opioid prescriptions (8/30/17)

    Southern Colorado sees opioid, heroin abuse increase (8/18/17)

    Toddler deaths highlight “collateral damage” in opioid crisis (8/16/17)

    Where people die from opioid overdoses in El Paso County (8/16/17)

    NPR interviews Gov. John Hickenlooper on the opioid crisis (8/9/17)

    Resource: CDC U.S. Prescribing Rate Maps (7/31/17)

    Colorado partnerships received funding for sharing health services (7/24/17)

    Colorado’s Medicaid program is reducing opioid dosages to combat addiction and overdoses (7/24/17)

    Report: Forging a Law Enforcement and Treatment Partnership

    Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade (6/27/17)

    Colorado attorney general, counterparts across U.S. to investigate drugmakers’ possible ties to opioid crisis (6/15/17)

    Attorney General Working with Bipartisan Coalition to Address Opioid Crisis (6/15/17)

    Colorado hospitals launch ambitious program to reduce opioid addiction (6/12/17)

    Colorado Hospital Association Launches ER Opioid Safety Pilot (6/5/17)

    Colorado Health Institute Report on Medication-Assisted Treatment (5/30/17)

    State gives $1 million to fund new center at CU Anschutz to fight opioid epidemic (5/22/17)

    Colorado to spend $1 million to continue fight against opioid abuse (5/18/17)

    For one Colorado lawmaker, the state’s drug abuse problem is personal (4/30/17)

    The opioid antidote: Naloxone has reversed hundreds of overdoses in Denver in the last year (4/28/17)

    Press Release: Heroin in Colorado (4/6/17)

    Report: Heroin in Colorado (4/3/17)

    5280 Magazine Feature Article (4/2017)

    Community Health Partnership Awarded $111,897 Grant to Combat Opioid Misuse and Abuse in El Paso County (2/21/17)

    Student’s Research in Methadone Clinics Connects Heroin, Opioids (2/3/17)

    Colorado Software Engineer Connects Victims of Opioid Abuse through Maps (1/15/17)

    Colorado’s opioid and heroin overdose deaths outnumbered homicides in 2015 (1/3/17)