We Care patient and family coalition partners to reduce overdose deaths in our communities by using evidence based concepts.
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Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with opioids being the most common drug. Evidence shows that public health measures in Colorado are needed that would require providers to educate patients on the risks of opioids and to offer a co-prescription of an opioid antagonist (such as naloxone) that temporarily counteracts the effects of an overdose.
Patients who are prescribed a high dose of opioid medication are AT RISK in Colorado. Our coalition seeks to amend current opioid related legislation and create new legislation using evidence based concepts to ensure that these patients are provided with an opportunity to obtain life-saving opioid reversal medication when they receive a high dose opioid prescription, a high dose prescription in conjunction with other dangerous medications, or in the event a patient is at high-risk of overdose.
Adding this requirement to provide access to the opioid overdose reversal medication will help save lives and reduce the cost of care in Colorado!
We support the changes as we as coalition members have lost family members, friends, colleagues and community members to overdose and addiction. Providing access to co-prescription allows individuals access to rescue medications that can save their lives and protect our communities.