Prescription opioid and heroin overdose deaths have risen dramatically in Colorado since 2000. In response to the opioid crisis, the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is using federal funding to educate health care providers about prescribing guidelines, support collaborative community efforts to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and increase the capacity of local communities to respond to the crisis.
Major Program Activities:
- Public health surveillance of the opioid overdose epidemic.
- Pilot test and evaluate projects to make the PDMP easier to use and access.
- Identify and provide technical assistance to high-burden communities and counties to address problematic prescribing by enhancing uptake to clinical prescribing guidelines.
- Evaluate existing efforts and policy changes by other state agencies and organizations.
- Coordinate the Heroin Rapid Response Project that supports the Heroin Strategies Work Group of the Consortium.
- Identify barriers and facilitators in identification of specific drugs responsible for overdose deaths and improving accuracy of death certificates by working with Colorado coroners.
- Pilot Academic Detailing as a means of training providers on using the PDMP and the CDC’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.
- Collaborate with other prevention programs on shared strategies to improve the environments where we live, work, learn and play and prevent early initiation of substance use among youth.