Colorado Community Reference Guide for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Released

The Office of Behavioral Health and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention have released Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: A Colorado Community Reference. The new online guide is intended to provide local communities, groups, and organizations engaging in efforts to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs with a compilation of resources, practices, and tools to enhance existing work or to develop new strategies and programs to address Colorado’s opioid crisis.

The 2018 Community Reference guide includes:

  • material explaining how to plan and implement a safe disposal program
  • links to print and digital materials used to raise awareness and educate the public on the safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of medications
  • an explanation of how to obtain and administer naloxone
  • instructions for how to organize a provider education event
  • information about finding treatment locations
  • links to data sources with information about local communities

According to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 558 people died in 2017 from overdosing on an opioid pain reliever or heroin. That’s up from 504 people in 2016 and 110 people in 2000. All parts of Colorado are affected. Urban counties in the Front Range have the highest number of deaths, while some of the highest death rates are in rural and frontier counties.

Communities across Colorado can use the Commmunity Reference to collaborate to address the opioid crisis.