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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]