Substance Use Advisory Group
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Substance Use Advisory Group

Partnering to Address Misuse & Prevent Overdose

The Boulder County Substance Use Advisory Group is a group of individuals and organizations dedicated to responding to the opioid epidemic and other substance abuse.

Vision

Boulder County is a thriving and safe community of individuals with positive health outcomes.

Mission

Boulder County Substance Use Advisory Group engages in shared leadership and collective action to advance a comprehensive response to opioid and other drug use and the harmful impacts on the community by prioritizing and removing barriers to proven prevention, treatment, and harm reduction strategies, mobilizing existing resources, and encouraging informed and healthy community attitudes.

Substance Use Advisory Group Meetings

The Substance Use Advisory Group is a group of individuals, organizations, and community members who want to prevent and respond to the opioid crisis in Boulder County.

Upcoming Meetings

Third Wednesday of every month
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Norton Room
1333 Iris Ave.
Boulder

Meeting Records

2019

Steering Committee Meeting Records

2019

2018

Meeting Records for Past Years

2017

2016

Steering Committee Meeting Records for Previous Years

2019

2018

2017

For more information, please contact Arielle Gross at 303-413-7564.

New Bill Limits Initial Opioid Prescription to 7 Days and Requires Checking Database

On May 21, 2018 Colorado joined many other states by passing Senate Bill 18-022 to address opioid prescribing. The bill requires prescribers (e.g., physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses with prescribing authority, podiatrists, optometrists, dentists, and veterinarians) to limit the initial prescription of an opioid to no more than a seven day supply. For outpatient care, after prescribing the first opioid prescription, the prescriber is required to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database before prescribing additional opioids. The prescriber may exercise discretion to prescribe the second additional 7-day opioid supply.

The law does not apply to patients who:

  • Have a history of chronic pain that, in the judgment of the physician, will likely last more than 90 days
  • Have cancer-related pain
  • Receive hospice or palliative care
  • Have undergone a surgical procedure with pain expected to last more than 14 days due to the nature of the procedure
  • Received an opioid narcotic prescription from the same prescribing physician within the past 12 months

The Boulder County Substance Use Advisory Group

The Substance Use Advisory Group is specifically working toward decreasing opioid initiation, promoting harm reduction, and supporting affected individuals into treatment and recovery.

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Framework for the Boulder County Substance Use Advisory Group

The Substance Use Advisory Group is an inclusive group of individuals, organizations, and community members dedicated to preventing and responding to the opioid issue in Boulder County. Addressing opioids requires significant collaboration and social change across a broad cross-section of local participants. The Substance Use Advisory Group is moving towards a collective impact approach in which participants agree to a common agenda, continuous communication, engaging in planning, and working toward creating a shared measurement system.

Current Areas of Focus

The Substance Use Advisory Group has identified several focus areas to address the opioid crisis in Boulder County.

The areas of focus include:

  • Primary Prevention
  • Public Awareness
  • Provider Education
  • Community Involvement
  • Harm Reduction
  • Business Sector
  • Criminal Justice Initiatives
  • Treatment Access
  • Recovery Support
  • Community Members with Lived Experience

Boulder County Public Health serves as the backbone organization and provides dedicated staff to coordinate the initiative.

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Local Partners Leading Focus Areas

The Substance Use Advisory Group is an inclusive group of individuals, organizations and community members dedicated to preventing and responding to the opioid issue in Boulder County. Meetings are open for anyone to attend and participate and members continuously contribute to implementing strategies across varying areas of focus.

Partners have been identified in:

  • Prevention
  • Non-profit
  • Governmental agencies
  • Treatment and recovery
  • Law enforcement and criminal justice
  • Clinical and pharmacy professionals
  • Community organizations and community partners

A key focus is to elevate the voice of individuals directly affected including affected family, individuals in recovery, individuals in treatment, chronic pain patients and individuals currently using. An aim is to include these voices in the development of strategies.

The Substance Use Advisory Group is continuing to work to identify strategies to strengthen systems and policies to meet its goals.

Substance Use Advisory Group Partners

Prevention

  • St. Vrain Valley Schools
  • Healthy Futures Coalition
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)
  • Boulder County AIDS Project
  • Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Communities that Care
  • Amistad
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • iThrive
  • Boulder County Public Health
  • Boulder County Area Agency on Aging
  • Boulder County District Attorney
  • Boulder County Resource Conservation
  • Boulder County Community Services

Clinical Partners

  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Salud Family Health Centers
  • Clinica Family Health
  • American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Boulder Community Health
  • Boulder County Medical Society

Treatment & Recovery

  • Behavioral Health Group
  • Collegiate Recovery Center at the University of Colorado
  • Mental Health Partners
  • Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow
  • The Family Recovery Solution
  • Denver Recovery Group
  • Options Treatment
  • Alkermes
  • Northstar Transitions
  • Bridge House

Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice

  • Boulder Police Department
  • Boulder County Sheriff
  • City of Longmont Public Safety
  • Boulder County Adult Integrated Treatment Court
  • Louisville Police
  • University of Colorado Police
  • Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
  • Nederland Police Department
  • Colorado Probation – 20th Judicial District
  • Boulder County Community Services
  • Boulder County Coroner
  • Erie Police Department
  • Boulder County District Attorney

Alignment with Statewide Partners

Boulder County Opioid Advisory Group partners closely with state partners including:

Resources

NACo 2018 Award Winner

The Boulder County Substance Use Advisory Group is a winner of the National Association of Counties Achievement Award for 2018.

National Association of Counties Achievement Award 2018

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