Fatal overdoses have been consistently increasing across the nation. In 2021 alone, we lost 1,881 Coloradans to drug overdose. This equates to an age-adjusted rate of 31.7 deaths per 100,000 residents. Region 10 consists of Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties. Age adjusted overdose rates in Region 10 are similar to those we see across the state, at 32.9 deaths per 100,000 residents. This rate equates to over 190 overdose deaths, 143 of which involved opioids, experienced by our region in just one year.
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The State of Colorado is set to receive over $500 million dollars over the next 18 years thanks to several historic settlements with both drug manufacturers and distributors, such as Johnson and Johnson and Purdue Pharma. The funds will be utilized to address the opioid crisis by expanding treatment, recovery, prevention, criminal justice, and harm reduction programs.
Attorney General, Phil Weiser, released a joint framework for the state on how to distribute and utilize these funds, with three core principles in mind:
These principles are outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the legal document which outlines the joint framework, and provides guidance for the distribution of funds across the 19 regions, local municipalities, and the state. The MOU also provides recommendations on how funds should be utilized and describes reporting requirements for the funded programs.
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The State Abatement Council, commonly referred to as the Colorado Opioid Abatement Council (COAC) will be responsible for grant program oversight and MOU implementation. This council was created by the Colorado Department of Law, in conjunction with local governments to ensure that regional distribution of settlement funds is in compliance with the terms of the settlements and the MOU. The council consists of seven members elected by the state and six elected by local governments. They will work with the 19 regions to provide oversight into how the regional share is distributed, and develop processes and procedures for the statewide infrastructure share.
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Funds will be distributed across 19 regions, local governments, the state, and infrastructure needs. The breakdown of funds is as follows:
A map of the regions receiving funds can be found here.
Funds can be spent from one of the following 5 categories: Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, Harm Reduction, and Criminal Justice. A brief explanation of each category can be found below.
The Regional Council determines how each region will spend their 60% allocation of the settlement dollars, over the next 18 years. The criteria for the Opioid Regional Councils are as follows:
2-Year Plan (FIRST ITERATION COMPLETE)
March 31, 2022:
July 15, 2022