In 2017, a state-wide study conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that in Colorado there were 536 reported opioid deaths, a rate of 9.5 deaths per 100,000 people, in the 2016 calendar year. While state-wide endeavors to combat this epidemic are making positive impacts in Colorado, such as those from the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, there continues to be a yearly increase in opioid-related deaths. In efforts to address the issue from ground up, the Community Opioid Response Program (CORP), with guidance from the State Attorney General’s Office, has made it one of their priorities to educate community members across Colorado about safe use of prescription drugs, safe disposal/storage of opioids, and reduction of the stigma associated with substance abuse and recovery/treatment.
CORP has designed a community-based education event that can be delivered in a variety of mediums and different venues. The event is designed around an informative video concentrated on debunking stigma surrounding opioid use, a discussion panel of health care professionals and community leaders, education on any community identified topics such as safe opioid for aging populations, and an on-site medication take-back box. The length and content options can vary depending on the education needs that the community has identified.
CORP is currently looking for community partners and organizations who would like to host this event, and their youth or provider education event, at their site. If you have any questions or would be interested in having a community education/medication take-back event in your area, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.