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02-21 Colorado AmeriCorps to help state combat opioid crisis

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Colorado AmeriCorps to help state combat opioid crisis

After the state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman declared the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis, local communities in Colorado have stepped up to organize community responses to fight the crisis and provide aid to those affected by it. One such alliance has come up among a group of departments that include—the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force, Rise above Colorado, the Central Colorado Area Health Education Center, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Serve Colorado in the Office of the Lt. Governor. The partnership aims to place AmeriCorps members in communities across the state. The ongoing project will run through until Aug. 31, 2018.

A state crippled by the opioid crisis, drug-overdose deaths have more than doubled in Colorado since 2000, with the epidemic claiming a life in nearly every 9 hours and 36 minutes. As per the latest state health department data, a total of 912 people in Colorado died of drug overdose in 2016, out of which 300 were linked to opioid overdose.

The Colorado AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) is a statewide initiative that supports local communities that are implementing strategies to reduce the impact of opioid abuse. During the length of the program, the AmeriCorps members will be partnered with regional Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), public health experts and several partner organizations across Colorado, to focus on the counties that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Given that the last five years have seen a threefold increase in the rate of prescription opioid-related deaths in the state, placement of the members will allow the partners to take advantage of existing resources and link the state with local community efforts.

CORP – connecting people at the grassroots

Director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (Consortium) Rob Valuck says that CORP will help connect people, fighting misuse of prescription drugs at the grass root level and help the communities tap into the best state and federal resources available and help them bring those resources to the local level.

The organizers are hopeful that the initiative would contribute towards providing education, coordinating and facilitating educational events about safe prescribing practices, safe storage and disposal of medicines, along with educating the youth about opioid-related educational programming and resources, says Lin Browning, Executive Director for the Central Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The members will help spread related messaging campaigns plus also initiate and enhance community-based collaborations.

Opioid abuse continues to be a serious public health concern in the U.S. More than 63,000 people have lost their lives to it in 2016. What causes their widespread abuse is their ability to generate euphoria and produce a false sense of well-being among its users. A deadly epidemic, deaths from overdose skyrocketed last year and for the second consecutive year, it reduced the average life expectancy for Americans. Owing to its addictive nature and severe withdrawal symptoms, recovery from an addiction to opioids requires professional treatment at certified rehab centers that may combine detox along with therapies.

Seeking help

If you know someone who is suffering from a drug abuse or addiction and looking for effective treatment options, look no further. Representatives at the Colorado Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline can help you get access to the finest treatment programs at the best prescription drug abuse centers in Colorado.

Get in touch with the Colorado Prescription Abuse Helpline by calling at our 24/7 prescription abuse helpline number (866) 922-5915 and let us help you connect with the best treatment facility offering the treatment. Call us or chat live any time of the day and get connected to a treatment provider in your area.