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Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention

The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States.

According to survey data released in 2013 from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (SAMHSA) Colorado ranks second worst among all states for prescription drug misuse. More than 255,000 Coloradans misuse prescription drugs, and deaths involving the use of opioids nearly quadrupled between 2000 and 2011.1


To combat this growing problem, the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a year-long Policy Academy to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse. The Policy Academy, co-chaired by Governors Hickenlooper (D) and Bentley (R-Alabama), supported the development of comprehensive state strategic plans to reduce prescription drug abuse. 


CDPHE is supporting the implementation of the Governor's Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse pdf file  by co-chairing the Safe Disposal and Data workgroups and participating on the Public Awareness and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program workgroups of the Colorado Consortium to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse. Additional workgroups include Treatment for substance use disorder and Prescriber and Provider Education.


CDPHE has funded the expansion of locked prescription drug collection boxes to be housed at local law enforcement agencies across the state.


Dispose of your prescription drugs safely at one of these locations!


Prescription Drug Collection Box Locations pdf file  

1Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (January 8, 2013). The NSDUH Report: State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers. Rockville, MD.