Overdose prevention


Harm Reduction Grant Fund 
Boulder County Public Health Department
Harm Reduction Action Center
Lakewood Police Department
Pitkin County Public Health
Southern Colorado Harm Reduction Association
Harm Reduction Resources: 
Wound Care           English  Spanish
Benzodiazepine      English  Spanish
Methamhetamine   English  Spanish


CDPHE Colorado Coroner Mini-Grant Opportunity
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program invites Colorado coroners' offices to apply for mini-grants offered to support coroners as they deal with the opioid crisis in Colorado. Colorado coroners may apply for up to $5000 to support toxicology testing. Apply now.


Naloxone Bulk Purchase Fund Opportunity 

Colorado Senate Bill 19-227 created the Opiate Antagonist- Naloxone Bulk Purchase Fund. It allows eligible entities to purchase opiate antagonists, such as naloxone or Narcan, at low or no cost.
  • Eligible entities include, but are not limited to: local public health agencies, school districts, public universities, law enforcement, and harm reduction agencies.
  • Ineligible entities: healthcare settings and pharmacies. 
  • All eligible entities must have a current standing order in place prior to submitting an application.
The goals of the funding are to:
  • Reduce the financial burden of purchasing naloxone for key partners.
  • Promote public health and safety for Colorado citizens.
  • Increase access to naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses and save lives.
Available funding will cover 100% of the cost of naloxone or Narcan for eligible Colorado entities until funding is exhausted or until December 31, 2020, whichever comes first.
Naloxone ordered through the fund cannot be resold.
Funding will be reassessed after December 31, 2020, in order to determine the amount of funds available to offset the cost of naloxone and Narcan for eligible entities in the future. 
The Overdose Prevention Unit verifies each organization and is available to provide technical assistance to ensure each entity has the correct training and requirements to acquire, maintain, and administer opiate antagonists safety.
Addiction warning
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.
Overdose prevention
Overdose treatment
  • 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.