Overdose prevention


About our program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to address drug overdose. We work closely with other federal, state and local partners to accomplish the following:

  • Conduct public health surveillance of the drug overdose epidemic.

  • Work with the Department of Regulatory Agencies to make the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) easier to use for Colorado health care providers.

  • Support prevention in opioid misuse and overdose by using existing data to inform evidence-based public health approaches. Partner with organizations across the state to implement local, evidence-based, data-driven prevention initiatives to support prevention strategies. 

  • Align and leverage state resources dedicated to preventing drug overdoses.

  Colorado Drug Overdose Dashboard

County and state-level data for Colorado from multiple sources, including detailed information about drug prescribing, non-fatal emergency department visits and hospitalizations, and drug overdose deaths, prepared by the Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch and Overdose Prevention Unit.

  • Stop the Clock Colorado - Find out where to obtain Naloxone to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.

  • Naloxone standing orders - How pharmacies, law enforcement, local public health agencies, and harm reduction organizations can get Naloxone standing orders.

  • Opioid overdose - How to recognize and treat an overdose.

  • Find treatment for addiction - Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Licensing and Designation Database and Electronic Records System (LADDERS) offers this referral resource for information and services for prevention, treatment and recovery from substance use and mental health conditions.

Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: The Consortium offers print materials, including naloxone brochures, to our partners free of charge. 

  To join a Consortium work group or mailing list, fill out the contact form

Colorado Take Meds Seriously

Colorado Take Meds Back - safe disposal options

Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Learn about the Bring Naloxone Home program

How to Use Naloxone for a Drug Overdose

Colorado Crisis Services: Colorado Crisis Services provides 24/7 call, text, and in-person support to adults and youth in need of behavioral health support.

Find Harm Reduction Resources Near You

Legislative Updates: The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention works with the Colorado General Assembly to provide reliable information about prescription drug use and misuse and possible policies and regulations.

WTFentanyl-Factual information from emergency physicians, toxicologists, and addiction medicine specialists about fentanyl exposure. The authors are experienced with fentanyl — both caring for patients with overdoses as well as using it medically to treat pain, and created this resource to dispel myths related to fentanyl.