Colorado’s Healthcare Licensing Boards to host community meeting in Pueblo on May 6

Representatives to discuss policy for prescribing and dispensing opioids

Date and Time:
May 6, 2016
10 a.m. to  noon
 
Location:
Pueblo Main Library (Rawlings)
100 West Abriendo
Pueblo, CO 81004

DENVER (May 3, 2016) — Colorado’s healthcare licensing boards in the Division of Professions and Occupations, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, will host a community meeting on Friday, May 6, 2016 in Pueblo. The event is an opportunity for members of the community to provide feedback to the representatives from several healthcare boards on the impact of the Colorado Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids and related issues. 

Representatives from the following boards will be in attendance:

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry

Following the Governor Hickenlooper’s 2013 landmark plan, the Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, DORA’s healthcare licensing boards promulgated the above policy to provide guidance to practitioners in safely prescribing and dispensing addictive painkillers.  It was the first such joint policy in the nation, where practitioners from different disciplines agreed to a common set of standards to compassionately treat pain while reducing the problems resulting from misuse and abuse of prescription opioids.  The Boards are now evaluating the effectiveness and usefulness of the policy to determine if any changes are needed.

Partnering with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to raise awareness about the event, at the community meeting the Boards will hear from Colorado patients and the community at large including healthcare professionals, patient family members, behavioral health specialists, substance abuse treatment providers, and the general public at large.   The press and local elected officials are invited to attend.

The Boards want and need the public’s input to understand the needs of Coloradans and the impact of the policy in order to craft right-touch guidelines that serve the dual purposes of treating the individual patient and the public health.  

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The Division of Professions and Occupations, part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), provides consumer protection through its regulation of nearly 400,000 licensees within more than 50 professions, occupations, and entities in the State of Colorado. DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675