Prescription drug 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.
Prescription drug overdose prevention funding
Apply for funding to educate health care providers looking to address prescription drug overdose.
Overdose data in Colorado
In 2014, nearly 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. In 2015, Colorado reported 329 deaths related to prescription opioid overdose (PDO), making up 38.8 percent of all drug-related deaths in the state.  
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.