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Fall 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming events and trainings

One-hour session on Colorado Drug Overdose and Buprenorphine Data Dash Board
Thursday, October 26th 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m
CU Anschutz Fulginiti Pavilion
13080 East 19th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Or participate via Zoom

Colorado’s data dashboards on drug overdose trends and buprenorphine prescribing are being updated. Learn about the updates and dashboard tricks to get county or custom regional data or overdoses for specific demographic groups. Learn about the enhanced overdose mortality data. Share your data needs. Network with fellow SEOW partners.


Barbara Gabella, MSPH Senior Epidemiologist. Kylie Yocum, MPH Drug Epidemiologist. Katie Sullivan, PhD Prescription Drug Epidemiologist. Christine Demont, MPH Mortality Surveillance Epidemiologist.

This session is part of the 11th Annual Meeting of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)Both in person and virtual options are available.

For more information and to register for the in-perrson or virtual general and breakout sessions, click here.
HKCS and Smart Source Fall 2023 Administration
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) and Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source) are Colorado’s widely-administered surveys on the health and well-being of young people and school health policies and practices that support youth health. Registration is open for the 2023 HKCS and Smart Source administrations! Participants from all school districts are invited to participate.

CDPHE contracts a team of researchers at Colorado School of Public Health to work directly with school districts to select the survey version, provide parental consent letters and survey materials at least two weeks before administration, schedule administration dates, and return results within six weeks of participating - all at no cost to schools. Contact for more information.

Recent reports and resources

HRSA Implementation Data Dashboard
The Schreiber Research Group

The Schreiber Research Group is working with Bent, Conejos, Crowley and Otero counties as part of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Implementation grant from September 2022 to August 2025 to capture Performance Improvement Measurement Systems (PIMS). PIMS allows stakeholders, community partners and the community to have critical information on the opioid services, programs, and activities in the region in a timely and comprehensive manner.

This dashboard visualizes substance use data such as overdose death rates, overdose reversals, units of naloxone distributed, number of people trained in the region, number of Peer Recovery Support Specialists, number of screenings for infectious disease, and demographics. To view the dashboard, click here.
2023 Colorado Impaired Driving Prevention Toolkit
OMNI Institute
Throughout the past year, a committee of invested Coloradans has worked hard to help inform the creation of a resource to aid in preventing impaired driving in communities. This Impaired Driving Prevention Toolkit is a great resource for any practitioner, decision-maker, or other stakeholder to use to engage in prevention strategies, from selecting the right program, all the way to evaluating its effectiveness. Additionally, it has many resources that any prevention professional might find useful. Please check out the newly released toolkit here:
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol July 2023
Colorado Department of Public Safety

The Division of Criminal Justice in the Colorado Department of Public Safety produces this annual report in accordance with C.R.S. 24-33.5-520 to highlight trends in impaired driving court cases, court case filings with at least one underage drinking and driving (UDD), driving while ability impaired (DWAI), driving under the influence (DUI), vehicular assault DUI, or vehicular homicide DUI charge – hereto referred to as either impaired driving or DUI charges - and their toxicology. This report provides findings from the court cases filed in 2020 and themes from the 2016-2020 data. Read the full report, here.
2023 Kids Count
Colorado Children's Campaign

Kids Count in Colorado is an annual publication of the Colorado Children's Campaign that provides state and county level data to measure and track the education, health, and general well-being of our state's children. The report informs policy, debates, and community discussions, serving as a valuable resource for policymakers, community leaders, advocates, and citizens. Read the full report, here.
Drug Overdose Deaths with Evidence of Counterfeit Pill Use — United States, July 2019–December 2021
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Evidence shows that counterfeit pill use in overdose deaths more than doubled from July–September 2019 to October–December 2021, and tripled in western U.S. states. Decedents with evidence of counterfeit pill use, compared with those without such evidence, were younger, more often Hispanic or Latino, and more frequently had a history of prescription drug misuse and drug use by smoking. Read the full report, here.
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