Helpful Websites for Recognizing and Coping with Drug Abuse
Peer Assistance Services
Peer Assistance Services, Inc. is a Colorado nonprofit agency dedicated to quality, accessible prevention and intervention services in workplaces and communities, focused on substance use and related issues.
Colorado Physician Health Program
The mission of the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) is to promote the health and well-being of physicians and physician assistants through evaluation, treatment referral, support, education, and research.
Prescribing & Dispensing Boards
The licensees regulated by the following boards in the Division of Professions & Occupations (DPO) have the authority to prescribe controlled substances.
State Board of Pharmacy: Naloxone Standing Orders
In April 2015, Colorado passed a new law, Senate Bill 15-053, expanding access to the life-saving drug naloxone, which is used to reverse overdoses to narcotic drugs, such as certain prescription medications and heroin. As a result of the new law, a physician — or any medical professional with prescriptive authority — can write a standing order for naloxone that can be dispensed by other designed individuals (such as pharmacists and harm reduction organizations).
With these standing orders, pharmacists and harm reduction organizations can now provide naloxone to those who might benefit from it the most, including:
- A family member, friend or other people in a position to assist a person at risk of overdose
- An employee or volunteer of a harm reduction organization
- A first responder
- An individual at risk of overdose
- Standing Order Information & Resources
Pharmacies can contact the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) to request a Standing Order for naloxone prescriptions. Below you will find resources that will be used by CDPHE in response to these requests. These standing orders are intended for pharmacies that do not have their own medical providers. Those who do have affiliated medical providers should use their prescriptive authority and signature to create their own standing orders.