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2021 Lunch and Learn Series

Registration is now open for the Consortium’s 2021 Lunch and Learn series by clicking on the hyperlinked topics below. Recordings will be available after each webinar. Each talk listed below has been approved for .75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Please check this page for updates and additions to the schedule. Date Topic Speaker(s) Wed. […]

Priorities of White House Office of National Control Policy

By José Esquibel The Biden-Harris Administration has released information on the priorities of the Office of National Control Policy (ONDCP). There is recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the addiction and overdose crisis in the United States. ONCDP will have these policy priorities: The Workforce: Advancing recovery-ready workplaces and expanding the addiction workforce. Racial Equity: […]

Colorado Prepares for First Round of Opioid Settlement Funds

By José Esquibel In early February, McKinsey & Co., a major consulting firm, finalized a settlement agreement with 43 states, the District of Columbia and three territories for its role in working with Purdue Pharma in promoting the prescribed opioid OxyContin. McKinsey agreed to pay $573 million within 60 days of the settlement. According to […]

Women and Weed: a presentation for providers

February 25th, 12:00-1:00pm Women and Weed Register here! Presented by Dr. LaTisha Bader, PhD This presentation is eligible for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits This presentation will outline the continuously changing culture of cannabis use, perception of risk, and common exchanges regarding cannabis use and women’s issues. It will review public health concerns, marketing and […]

Grant program yields $5.52M, 24x return

After helping Colorado organizations raise more than $5.52 million in grant funds, the Consortium’s program to help local governments and nonprofits write grant applications came to a close at the end of 2020. 23 organizations received 30 grants with the aid of the program, at a cost of $213,114. That translates into a 24x return on […]

Naloxone resources available for school districts

Members of Boulder County’s Substance Use Advisory Group in collaboration with the Consortium and CDPHE have developed a new resource, the Naloxone in Schools Toolkit. This useful toolkit is designed to help school districts prepare to deploy nasal Narcan in the event of an opioid overdose. The toolkit, which is online, includes legislation validating that […]

Sharing Our Appreciation for Consortium Work Group Leaders

By José Esquibel, Consortium Director The Colorado Consortium utilizes the principles of collective impact to implement a variety of strategies for mitigating and reversing the opioid crisis. This includes sharing a common agenda in addressing the opioid crisis, utilizing shared measurement on progress for bending the arc of the crisis, implementing mutually reinforcing activities, maintaining […]

January 2021 legislative update

By Jamie Feld, External Relations Strategist Legislators are poised to tackle a number of important issues related to the opioid crisis and substance use prevention and treatment as they prepare for the 2021 session. The Colorado State General Assembly convened on Wednesday, Jan. 13, to start the 2021 legislative session, albeit temporarily. Over a few […]

Partners, places needed for CDPHE sharps program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is launching a new sharps/needle take-back program and is looking for partners to host collection kiosks. The program is modeled on the successful Take Meds Back program, which allows Coloradans to dispose of their medications safely and securely. The program’s goal is to provide free and convenient […]

Movement on opioid litigation settlements

by José Antonio Esquibel, Director, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Published Nov. 20, 2019 There is good news. Settlement agreements were recently reached with several opioid distributors and two manufacturers, signaling important steps forward in resolving several significant lawsuits and the prospect of settlement funds being distributed to local and state governments. Prescription […]