Winter 2021
About the SEOW:
The Colorado SEOW increases awareness, understanding, and access to data and data publications that address substance use, abuse and related health issues in Colorado. The Colorado SEOW is a multi-disciplinary working group that promotes the collection, analysis, and clear communication of data to support and inform substance use, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, enforcement, and broader policy.

The Colorado SEOW is associated with the Colorado Office of the Attorney General as the data committee for the Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force (SATF). This unique relationship allows the SEOW to provide key leaders and legislators with information on substance use trends and to help inform the allocation of resources.

  1. New 2021 Epidemiological Profiles are now available!
  2. The SEOW is seeking a new Co-Chair

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The 2021 Epidemiological Profiles are now ready and available for your use!

The profiles provide an overview of various substances, substance use behaviors, and consequences related to substance use. The 2021 profiles include a section on Colorado demographics, alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and opioids.

To read the profiles click the button below


The SC creates agendas, discusses strategic direction, and reviews progress on the SEOW’s goals.

The SC is currently recruiting a new SEOW Co-Chair:
The Co-Chair position is a great opportunity to learn more about the SEOW and aid in planning and running SEOW meetings. To find out more about the co-chair position and to express your interest, please contact Aracely Navarro.

Workgroup Updates:
Alcohol Policy:

This workgroup was formed to research evidence-based policies to reduce excessive drinking in Colorado. Julia Stullken, a Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology Fellow has joined the workgroup through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This workgroup will meet quarterly, for more information regarding this workgroup, please contact Aracely Navarro.

Data Brief:

This workgroup was
formed to develop short, topical briefs on issues and events that are timely and relevant to policy makers and substance use professionals in Colorado. The workgroup aims to produce three topical briefs each year.

We are currently creating a brief focused on behavioral health during the COVID-19 pandemic and anticipate publishing it April 2021.
To access previous briefs, click here.

Prescription Drug:

The prescription drug workgroup is a new group formed to address prescription drug use and data needs.

The workgroup will be meeting Tuesday, February 16th, 2021. If you are interested in attending this meeting or joining the workgroup please contact Aracely Navarro.


Self paced online learning modules are in the production phase that accompanies the Data Literacy Manual. The SEOW Training workgroup anticipates that everything will be completed and available to everyone in March 2021. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the workgroup, contact Aracely Navarro.
Epidemiological Profiles:

The epi profile workgroup supported the publication of the 2021 epidemiological profiles. Thank you to all the workgroup members who participated and provided your time and energy to supporting this publication.

The workgroup will take a break and reconvene for the next round of the profiles.

Driving Under the Influence in Colorado

To learn more about the statistics regarding demographics, binge drinking, convictions and crashes related to DUIs in Colorado, click here.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol: A Report Pursuant to House Bill 17-1315

In 2017, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 17-1315 which directs the Colorado Department of Safety (CDPS), Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ), to “analyze the types of DUI offenses being committed by offenders” and issue an annual report.

To read the report, click here.
Excessive Alcohol Use Prevention newsletter

This recurring newsletter will provide timely information and resources regarding excessive alcohol use and related harms.

To access the latest newsletter and their resources, click here.

CDC's Report on Tobacco Product Use Among Adults — United States, 2019

Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States; however, a variety of new combustible, noncombustible, and electronic tobacco products are available in the United States.

To read more, click here.
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Ways To
Get Involved

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Interested in contributing your perspective and expertise to further impact substance use efforts?

  • Attend an upcoming monthly meeting in person or virtually;
  • Present data or data products at a monthly meeting;
  • Share our newsletter with others in your network; and,
  • Become an SEOW member.

The SEOW meets every other month on the third Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Future dates and presenters include the following:

  • March 18, 2021
  • May 20, 2021

For more information on how to join the meeting, contact Aracely Navarro.

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