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New opioid bills move forward 
as Legislature enters final month

Three new bills related to the opioid crisis were introduced in the Colorado Legislature last month, as Colorado lawmakers near the end of the 2019 session. 

The new bills focus on treatment, prevention, and harm reduction. Bills introduced earlier in the session also are moving forward. If you want to know what's being discussed, read our update to get details about the bills.

The final days of the Legislature move at a frantic pace, and 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.

Beyond the Numbers: Echoes of the Opioid Epidemic

On Monday, May 6, the Consortium will be unveiling 10 powerful personal stories created by people who have been touched by the opioid epidemic. This event, originally scheduled for April 10, highlights 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.

Monday, May 6
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


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.

Harm Reduction Action Center hosts fundraiser May 9 

The Harm Reduction Action Center is hosting its annual fundraiser Thursday, May 9, at the Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. For more information, check out the Eventbrite page.

Opioid memorial wall on tour

The Opioid Memorial Wall, created to remember those who lost their lives to opioid overdoses, continues its tour around the state. Visit the Office of Behavioral Health's Lift the Label website to see the schedule and find information about reserving the wall for your event.

Colorado's Opioid Overdose Reversals Surpass 1,000 Mark 

Naloxone distributed as part of the OBH State Targeted Response Grant has led to more than 1,000 overdose reversals since May 2017. Click here to learn more

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  • Art and Addiction Opioid Memorial Wall display, Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Durango Public Library, 900 E. 3rd Ave., Durango


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