Preventing prescription drug misuse

The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States and is the second-leading cause of injury and death among 25- to 64-year-olds.

Drop off your unwanted medications
You can dispose of your prescription drugs safely at these locations:
How can you get involved?
The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention was created in  2013 to establish a coordinated, statewide response to this major public health problem. Its mission to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs in the state through improvements in education, public outreach, research, safe disposal, and treatment. The goal of these efforts is to prevent 92,000 Coloradans from misusing opioids by 2016. To get involved, fill out the interest form.
Planning for the future
According to data released in 2013 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 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.

To combat this growing problem, the National Governors Association hosted a year-long Policy Academy to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse and created the comprehensive Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse.

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