Opioid overdose prevention
Prescription opioids, such as oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl, can be used to treat pain. Opioids are increasingly prescribed following surgery or injury, or for health conditions such as cancer. Anyone who takes prescription opioids can become addicted to them. There is also a concern that addiction to prescription opioids may lead to illicit opioid use, including heroin use.
Data on the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances in Colorado, by county.
Reporting templates for Prevention for Communities Grantees
Overdose data in Colorado
In 2015, more than two million Americans either abused or were dependent on prescription opioid pain relievers. Along with addiction, overdose from opioids is a serious issue that can lead to death. From 2000-2016, 4,927 Coloradans have lost their lives to the opioid overdose epidemic, which includes deaths related to either prescription opioids or heroin.
Heroin in Colorado 2017 report - Learn about heroin use in Colorado.
The Colorado Drug Dashboard: This dashboard displays fatal drug overdose data by county, drug category and population characteristics. This dashboard will be updated to include prescribing, non-fatal drug overdose, and other drug indicators. If you have any questions, please contact cdphe_PDOinfo@state.co.us.
What to ask your doctor before taking opioids - Learn what questions to ask your provider if you are prescribed opioids.
Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program - Find a location to drop off unused and expired medications.
Stop the Clock Colorado - Find out where to obtain Naloxone to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.
Naloxone standing orders - How pharmacies and harm reduction agencies can get Naloxone standing orders.
Opioid overdose - How to recognize and treat an overdose.
Find treatment for addiction - Linking Care is a Colorado referral resource providing statewide access to information and services for prevention, treatment and recovery.
About our program
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Affairs, to address prescription opioid disease and death. We work closely with other members of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to accomplish the following:
- Conduct public health surveillance of the opioid overdose epidemic.
- Pilot test and evaluate projects to make the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) easier to use for Colorado health care providers.
- Support provider education activities to increase adherence to opioid prescribing guidelines, and coalition/partnership building in high-burden counties throughout the state.
- Align and leverage state resources dedicated to preventing opioid overdoses.
Access the reporting templates.