Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to recap accomplishments at annual meeting, still more to do

Third annual meeting is Thursday, October 15 at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science

DENVER. - (Oct. 15, 2015) -  Prescription drug overdose is one of the four most serious epidemics facing the nation, and Colorado is no exception.  Each year, overdose deaths from opioid painkillers alone number approximately 17,000 nationally and 300 in Colorado. Such deaths are now more common than alcohol-related traffic fatalities. To address this problem, Colorado convened experts from across the state to create the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (Consortium), comprised of 250 stakeholders aiming to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs 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.

The Consortium will convene its annual meeting on October 15, 2015 to review accomplishments since its inception in 2013 and look forward to future plans. Sessions will include opening remarks by state healthcare leaders and discussion of the CDC’s efforts in prescription drug abuse and overdose prevention. Colorado’s strategy to combat prescription drug abuse recently garnered the attention of Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell who hosted a roundtable with state healthcare and Consortium leaders in July.  

What:  Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention 3rd Annual Meeting

When:  Tomorrow, Thursday, October 15 -  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where:  University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 12850 E. Montview Blvd. Aurora, CO 80045 

Who:  The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention:

Welcome:   Rob Valuck, Consortium; Zach Pierce, Governor’s Office

Opening Remarks:  Melanie Snyder, Colorado AG Office; Jose Esquibel, SATF; Larry Wolk, CDPHE; Nancy VanDeMark, CDHS, Office of Behavioral Health; Lauren Larson, DORA; Cathy Traugott, HCPF

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Media Contact - University of Colorado:

Dana A. Brandorff, MA
Director of Communications & Alumni Affairs
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
303.724.4618
dana.brandorff@ucdenver.edu


Media Contact – DORA:

Cory Everett
Chief of Staff, Division of Professions and Occupations
303.260.8639
cory.everett@state.co.us