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Benzodiazepine-focused webinar series, sponsored by the Consortium’s Benzodiazepine Action Work Group scheduled for May.

Please join the Colorado Consortium’s Benzodiazepine Action Work Group for our free CME lunch and learn webinar series. Webinar topics include alternative treatments to BZDs, consequences of BZD prescribed use, BZD Induced Neurologic Dysfunction (BIND), and tapering/deprescribing. Prescribers who attend all 4 webinars will be eligible to be listed as a “Benzodiazepine Cooperative Prescriber” in […]

Legislature introduces major bill to prevent fentanyl overdoses, increase criminal penalties

A major bill intended to decrease the number of fentanyl overdose deaths and increase criminal penalties related to fentanyl has been introduced in the General Assembly. The Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Bill (HB 22-1326) has provisions to make naloxone more available, improve substance use and overdose prevention and education, expand harm reduction services, and to […]

Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force Begins Meetings

The Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force, created by SB21-137, met for the first time on Aug. 17. The group is tasked with issuing a report with recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor about policies to create transformational change in the area of behavioral health using money the state receives from the federal American […]

2021 Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2021 session of the Colorado General Assembly ended June 8, following a packed calendar that saw the session draw to a close later than usual because of COVID-19 precautions.  This year was a successful one for funding the continuum of services addressing substance use, particularly compared to last year, when budgetary cuts reduced fiscal […]

Telligen honors Consortium as statewide champion

This Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention’s response to joining Telligen to address high priority health issues during COVID-19 and beyond has demonstrated a high level of commitment toward the overall health of Colorado. The pandemic has not only highlighted the importance of community members working together, but also how collaboration can drive community-centered […]

Beyond the Numbers video series returns

Though it may be simpler to focus on the alarming and growing numbers of individuals experiencing a substance use disorder or losing their lives from an overdose, we must remember that every statistic is a person, a family member, a loved one, a friend. Every number has a story, and every community is impacted by […]

May 2021 legislative update

The last possible day for the 2021 legislative session is June 12. While there were hopes for the session to end late May, many anticipate session to close June 11. One major bill the Consortium has been tracking is SB21-137, referred to as the Behavioral Health Recovery Act of 2021. Among this bill’s provisions are […]

April 2021 Legislative Update

The Colorado General Assembly is past the midway point of its 2021 session, and lawmakers continue to work on a number of bills related to addressing the opioid crisis and proposed funding for services and programs for prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery support. One major bill the Consortium has been tracking is SB21-137, referred […]

Biden-Harris Administration’s Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One

On April 1st, the White House Office of National Drug Control and Policy announced seven priorities of the Biden-Harris administration for addressing the nation’s overdose and addiction crisis. The Administration’s memo identifies and explains the priorities and lists the strategies it will employ. The priorities are: Expanding access to evidence-based treatment. Advancing racial equity in […]