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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 […]

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 […]

Consortium adds benzodiazepine work group

The Consortium has added an 11th work group, which will focus on benzodiazepines. While this group is refining its mission statement, its goals are to use public awareness and provider education tools to educate about the potential adverse effects of benzodiazepines taken as prescribed, and to engage with survivors of benzodiazepine withdrawal by providing resources […]

December 2020 provider education events

The Consortium’s Provider Education Work Group is pleased to announce three upcoming webinars in the month of December. Save the date for the following events: Community Partner Resource Sharing — Wednesday, Dec. 2, noon to 1 p.m. Presentations will focus on resources that you can use at your agency or at the local level to […]

2020 legislative update

After a turbulent legislative session, with the legislature temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and the state facing a budget shortfall of $3.4 billion, many important wins are to be celebrated. Four of the five opioid-related bills proposed by the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee (HB20-1065, HB20-1017, SB20-007, SB20-028) passed the state […]

May 2020 legislative update

Colorado budget cuts likely to affect behavioral health According to the most recent revenue projections, Colorado faces an up to $3.4 billion budget shortfall for fiscal year 2020-21, and the Legislature and Gov. Jared Polis are in the process of making cuts that will affect all areas of state government, including programs for substance use […]

2020 lunch and learn series

Provider Ed Virtual Lunch and Learn Series Selected presentations have been recorded. Follow the link to watch the videos. Date Topic Speaker(s) Wed. May 6th Non-pharmacologic pain management Jonathan Clapp, MD Wed. May 13th Behavioral Aspects of Pain Brent Van Dorsten, PhD Wed. May 27th Pain Procedures Joseph Fillmore, MD, MBA Wed. June 3rd Acupuncture […]

Links to coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is compiling a list of links to resources that could help you or your organization manage your response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. While these links go to authoritative sources, be sure to check and see if there is any guidance from the support group, nonprofit, public health […]

Consortium remains open, goes online as part of COVID-19 response

Like so many other people and organizations, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is changing operations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). For the next two weeks and possibly beyond, the Consortium will remain “open,” but all staff members will be working online. Our office at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus […]