Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal opioid drug that has seen a recent increase in the United States. It is common for people using heroin to use or abuse other substances, such as prescription drugs or alcohol, unintentionally increasing the risk of overdose. In 2015, there were 160 people who died from heroin-related overdose in Colorado.
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This group was formed as a part of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and is working to address the rise in heroin-related disease and deaths by strengthening state-level partnerships and sharing resources. Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug traﬃcking Area (RMHIDA), The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), the Colorado Attorney General’s Oﬃce (COAG), the Colorado Drug Investigators Association (CDIA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) met to discuss assessing Colorado’s heroin problem. This group of partners decided to form a Heroin Response Work Group, comprising a Steering Committee and an Advisory Committee. The Steering Committee, consisting of leaders from RMHIDA, DEA, CDPHE, DHS, COAG, the Colorado Consortium or Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention coordinator, and a representative from the recovery community gathered a multi-disciplinary group of subject matter experts to advise on various aspects of heroin use in Colorado. RMHIDA, CDPHE, DEA, and the Colorado National Guard, Counter Drug Program all contributed staﬀ to support the project.