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Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention are excited to announce the creation of the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, which will be housed at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The new Center will continue to host the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, which works with partners in government, academia, and communities to coordinate the state’s response to the opioid crisis. The Center also will facilitate interdisciplinary research, identify and promote evidence-based clinical practices, educate health care and public health practitioners, and test, implement, and promote new models of care for the treatment of pain and substance use disorders.

The Center will give the CU Anschutz community an opportunity to collaborate and coordinate our work, and our vision is to make the Center one of the nation’s leaders in research, education, and community engagement.

2019-2021 Medication-Assisted Treatment expansion

Thanks to Senate Bill 19-01, the University of Colorado’s Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and the College of Nursing secured additional funding to increase the scope and number of locations of the medication-assisted treatment expansion pilot launched by Senate Bill 17-074.

Thanks to the guidance of the clinical experts within the College of Nursing and support from the Consortium and School of Medicine, the MAT expansion program is expanding services in the following 16 counties for the 2019 to 2021 funding cycle:

  • Custer
  • Delta
  • Huerfano
  • Las Animas
  • Mesa
  • Montrose
  • Pueblo
  • Routt
  • San Luis Valley counties: Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, Mineral, Saguache

The overarching goal of the program is to increase access to MAT and other evidence-based treatment and behavioral health therapies for individuals with opioid use disorder in the designated program counties.

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Sample letter of intent

MAT Expansion Program Overview

MAT Expansion County Funding

List of county designations

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More information coming soon

More details about the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention will be coming soon. Watch this space for the exciting news and information about partnership activities.