Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention

Prescription Drug Misuse Strategic Plan Development Overview

The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. Governor Hickenlooper's office has released the final strategic plan, and workgroups are meeting to implement the recommendations.

Participants in this strategic plan process have included stakeholders with a specific expertise and statewide perspective on preventing prescription drug misuse in the following key issue areas:
1. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
2. Provider and Prescriber Education
3. Public Awareness
4. Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs 
5. Data and Analysis
6. Treatment

You can follow the links above to read more about national recommendations on each topic.
To watch video of the opening remarks of the March 2013 round table event, click here. The opening remarks include a data overview by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Injury Epidemiologist*, Barbara Gabella, and state agency perspectives on this issue from the following leaders:
  • Attorney General John Suthers, 
  • Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health Director Lisa Clements, 
  • Department of health Care Policy and Financing Executive Director Sue Birch, and 
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director Dr. Chris Urbina

The strategic plan was developed as part of the National Governors Association (NGA)'s Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Project. Read the Governor's letter to support this project here. Gov. John Hickenlooper and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley co-chair the year-long policy academy aimed at helping states in their efforts. The NGA has also released an Issue Brief on this topic: Six Strategies for Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse.

Peer Assistance Services Prescription Drug Abuse in Colorado Fact Sheet
ASTHO's Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Resources
Overview of State Legislation related to Naloxone and Good Samaritan Laws

*For best results with the PowerPoint presentation, download the document using the downward arrow in the upper left side of the screen.