About the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (Consortium) was created by Governor John Hickenlooper in the fall of 2013 to establish a coordinated, statewide response to this major public health problem. The mission of the Consortium is to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs in the State of Colorado through improvements in education, public outreach, research, safe disposal, and treatment. The goal of these efforts is to prevent 92,000 Coloradans from misusing opioids by 2016. The Consortium serves as a backbone, providing infrastructure to link the many agencies, organizations, health professions, associations, task forces, and programs that are currently addressing the prescription drug abuse problem, but are doing so in relative isolation and without the benefit of an organized, coordinated approach. The Consortium is housed administratively in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is coordinated by Professor Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh. The Consortium includes experts from the Anschutz Medical Campus health professional schools and colleges and leaders from key agencies and organizations in Colorado. Each work group is responsible for implementing the major initiatives outlined in the Governor’s Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse (health professions, education, public awareness, research/data sharing, prescription drug monitoring (PDMP) improvements, and safe disposal). Further, the Consortium allows for a broad range of innovative training experiences for professional and postgraduate students while facilitating development of new research programs that will lead to more effective prevention efforts, treatment protocols, and awareness of the problem of prescription drug abuse in Colorado.

Consortium Work Group diagram, July 2018

About The Campaign

Nearly 224,000 Coloradans misuse prescription relievers each year, and deaths involving the use of opioids nearly quadrupled between 2000 and 2011. The Hickenlooper administration pledged to reduce the non-medical use of prescription pain medications in Colorado by 3.5%, or 92,000 Coloradans, by 2016. The Consortium will work to meet specific quarterly goals in each of the six work group areas and produce a specific Colorado Plan in one year. The consortium will be the vehicle that implements the governor’s strategic plan for reducing prescription drug abuse, and it will provide a framework for continued collaboration in the future. Ten work groups determine and execute the Consortium’s strategy. Each work group is co-chaired by volunteers from our partner organizations, which include the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Department of Human Services’s Office of Behavioral Health. The work groups are:

Information about each work group, including their current strategic goals, meeting agendas and minutes, and rosters can be found on their respective pages. To join a work group, please visit the Consortium’s website and fill out the form.

About the Public Awareness Work Group

Co-Chair: Jose Esquibel, Colorado Attorney General’s Office of Community Engagement Co-Chair: Kent MacLennan, Executive Director, Rise Above Colorado The Public Awareness work group focuses on raising public awareness among Colorado citizens regarding the problem of prescription drug abuse and promoting the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription medications. The Public Awareness work group’s goals for 2017-18 are to:

  • Complete and promote the Community Reference, a resource guide for coalitions to prevent prescription drug misuse;
  • Refresh web content for Take Meds Seriously and the Consortium websites;
  • Develop new educational content that emphasizes safe use of medications;
  • Collaborate with other work groups concerning communications and public education;
  • Serve as Consortium’s clearinghouse for coordination, timing, and measurement of strategic communications for work group initiatives; and
  • Continue to expand the learning community to help local coalitions share knowledge and best practices by holding quarterly webinars.

The Public Awareness Work Group meets every other month (in person and by remote conferencing). The current work group roster, most recent meeting minutes, and upcoming meeting schedule are available on the left hand side of this page. Please contact us at for more information on the Public Awareness Work Group or to volunteer to participate in the group’s activities.

About The Partners

Appreciation is extended to the agencies, offices and partnering organizations which have given their diligent efforts, and essential contributions to the creation and ongoing effectiveness of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. This very impressive list of partners can be found on the Consortium’s website at If you or your organization would like to join this movement to impact the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription medications in Colorado please contact the Consortium.   Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinating Center University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Mail Stop C238 12850 E. Montview Blvd. | Aurora, CO 80045   Robert Valuck, Center Director Rosemarie MacDowell, Center Coordinator Email: Phone: 303.724.8574 Fax: 303.724.2627