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Our Mission:

public awareness

Ensuring that the public understands scope of the epidemic and as well as the personal toll it takes on families are crucial areas of focus for us.

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education

Educating the public about the safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of opioid medications is a top priority for us.

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community collaboration

The African proverb that begins, "It takes a village…” is certainly applicable to the current opioid epidemic.

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Important Facts

Deaths in 2020 from drug overdoses

81,000

CDC Report December 2020

Percentage of opioid deaths involving benzodiazepines

50%

CDC Mortality and Morbidity Report

Number of Coloradoans who died in 2020 from opioid overdoses

1,333

CDC.gov

2018 costs of the opioid epidemic

$179B

Society of Actuaries - October 2019

Opioids in the news

The addiction crisis is deadlier than ever before

Overdoses are the #1 cause of accidental death in our country. 81,230 overdose deaths occurred in the United States from June 2019 through May 2020. That’s the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a single year. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl are the biggest drivers but the use of stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamines is also on ...

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COVID-19 and the opioid crisis: When a pandemic and an epidemic collide

More than 20 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder. Now, COVID-19 has left many locked down, laid off, and flooded with uncertainty. So far, experts see signs of relapses, rising overdoses, and other worries. What can be done?

Dave Quisenberry is determined to stay away from opioids, which have robbed him of so much. When ...

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