Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) Participates in Denver’s Inaugural Shatterproof 5k
On Saturday, July 21st, the Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) joined over 1000 other people for Denver’s inaugural Shatterproof 5k run/walk. Shatterproof is a national organization that hosts 5k’s across the country as a part of its “Rise Up Against Addiction” event series. Funds raised from these events support Shatterproof’s work to transform the nation’s broken addiction treatment system, fight the stigma of addiction, and ensure that every American with a substance use disorder has access to treatment that’s based on proven research. The Denver event alone raised over $100,000.
The race kicked off with stories from affected family members, including State Representative Brittany Petterson, who shared her own mother’s story of addiction. Dr. Rob Valuck, director of CORP’s partner, The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention also addressed the crowd and shared what is being done at the state level to fight the opioid crisis.
The event also featured the Memorial Gallery, that displayed photos and stories of lost loved ones; the Celebrate Recovery Area, a space where hundreds of people in recovery celebrated and shared their recovery milestones; and the “Lift the Label” wall made of 4,200 pill bottles to represent the 42,000 Americans that lost their lives to overdose in 2016. Another highlight was the Community Village, where CORP was one of 20 tables showcasing resources for substance use disorder treatment, prevention, and recovery resources.
Events like the Shatterproof 5k are an important part of CORP’s mission to support local communities that are implementing strategies to reduce the impact of opioid abuse. CORP is currently seeking members for 2018 – 2019 to deliver youth prevention education, community education around administering Naloxone, and provider education. Interested candidates should contact Cori Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.