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Touched by the Opioid Epidemic:
Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope

Please join us April 10 for the unveiling of 10 powerful personal stories created by people who have been touched by the opioid epidemic. These are individuals who have struggled with addiction issues as well the parents, siblings and relatives whose lives have been forever transformed by substance use disorder.

We hope you can join us to view the stories, meet the individuals behind them, and preview the Facilitator’s Guide that will be available to assist our statewide and local community partners, agencies and coalitions that want to use these stories at future events. The videos are part of a project developed by the Affected Families and Friends work group.
Please join us for what is sure to be a moving event.

Wednesday, April 10
6:15 to 8 p.m
CU Anschutz Medical Campus
Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, Shore Family Forum
13055 East 17th Avenue

Register and learn more at


Legislature continues to review opioid-related bills as session reaches halfway point

The Colorado Legislature is halfway through the 2019 session, and lawmakers have ramped up to move bills addressing the opioid crisis and prescription drug abuse prevention through the legislative process. If you want to know what's being discussed, read our update to get details about the bills.

The Legislature moves fast — the best way to follow the progress of a bill or the hearing schedule is to use the General Assembly’s web page for tracking bills. Enter the bill number into the search field or use keywords such as “opioids” or “substance use” and use the filters to sort the results.

Updates on major state opioid response initiatives

Learn more about the two major grant programs managed by the Office of Behavioral Health, the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant (STR) and the State Opioid Response grant (SOR).  

National Take Back Day is April 27

It's Spring Cleaning time, so get rid of those old prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet at RX Drug Take Back Day. Learn more and find the take back site closest to you on the program's website.

Naloxone saves lives. Help us spread the word.

Has naloxone saved your life? Have you saved a life using naloxone? Has naloxone saved someone you love or know from an opioid overdose?
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention would love to hear your story. The Consortium is collecting stories from overdose survivors and those who've used naloxone to save a life for an upcoming public awareness campaign to educate more Coloradans about naloxone.

Naloxone has reversed more than 800 potentially fatal opioid overdoses in Colorado since May 2017, and we need to let everyone know naloxone saves lives and is available at pharmacies without a prescription.

Help save more lives! Please share your story or share this message with anyone who can help.

Read more about the project or reach out to us at

Consortium introduces new strategy management system

As more organizations and coalitions join the fight against the opioid crisis, there is a need to track our collective performance as we set goals and work to achieve our objectives. Read about the new strategy mapping system we're offering to communities and coalitions in Colorado.

Opioid data dashboard updated

The Consortium's data dashboard has been updated with the latest data on opioid-, heroin-, and benzodiazepine-related outcomes. View the dashboard here.

Tell us how we're doing!

To help everyone stay connected and informed, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention has created this email newsletter to share important news, announce events and new programs, and more! Email us at if you have something you'd like to share or to let us know what you think about this newsletter. 

Other news
  • "Get Serious. They're Opioids" public awareness campaign -- visit website
  • Opioid data dashboards updated -- visit website
  • Colorado Hospital Association to host medication-assisted treatment webinar -- register here
  • American Medical Association finds Colorado making progress to reverse opioid epidemic -- read the story
  • The Consortium has expanded its outreach staff. Visit the Communities page to learn more and find out how to reach out to a staff member.
  • Give us your thoughts about the Colorado Community Reference

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Provider Education
  • Canon City, Thursday, April 18, 5 to 8:30 p.m. -- register
  • Steamboat Springs, May 16 -- details coming soon
Metro Denver-area
  • ABCs of the Opioid Crisis, Saturday, March 23, 1 to 4 p.m., Hugo
  • Cañon City dinner and documentary, Thursday, April 11, 5 p.m. free pizza dinner, 5:30 p.m. documentary and Q&A, Cañon City High School, 1313 College Ave., Cañon City 
  • Art and Addiction, Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Durango Public Library, 900 E. 3rd Ave., Durango


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