JP Prescription Drug Awareness Foundation

  • Awareness

    More people die accidentally from prescription drugs each year than car crashes and all types of illegal drugs combined.

    Every 12 minutes in the United States someone dies of an accidental prescription drug overdose. They don't intend to die, but more than 20,000 times a year this happens.

    Gupta: Let's End the Prescription Drug Death Epidemic

    The Foundation will have a booth at several 9Health Fairs. Please see the event page for more details. The idea is to spread awareness and help teach people about the safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of their prescription drugs.

    Also, the Foundation is actively participating in the Public Awareness work group in the Colorado Consortium that is hosted by the Governor's office.

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  • Education

    The Foundation has created an 8 week curriculum that will be taught out at 16 different schools across the front range this fall by Regis University Pharmacy students. Special thanks to Ryanne VanSciver, Kathy Scherr, and Geremi Boom who put in many hours of work to create this material. A special thank you to Regis University for selecting our material!

    Karen Hill is participating in the "Provider Education" work group in the Colorado Consortium that is hosted by the governor's office.

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  • Changes to Legislation

    We would like to improve legislation to enforce more rigor around the prescription drug process.

    We are currently working with Colorado State Legislature to pass a bill for this cause.

    The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (Consortium) was created 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.colorado-consortium-prescription-abuse-prevention About the ConsortiumThe 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.For more information regarding the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, please contact us and complete the email form. We look forward to your involvement in this important effort to help make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation!

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Improve Legislation

We would like to improve legislation to enforce more rigor around the prescription drug process. We would like to develop a mandatory requirement for physicians prescribing any anti-anxiety, anti-depressants or any other type of drugs that can have a fatal interaction with prescription pain medication to inform the patient of the possible interaction by having the patient sign and acknowledge they are aware of this possible interaction and that it can be fatal. Even if the physician is not prescribing the pain medications, we would like to see the patient be made completely aware and acknowledge they have received this information.  Education and awareness can absolutely save lives!

Here is what some states are currently doing to make changes in legislation.

More states focusing on prescription drug problem on

We are so pleased to announce that Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1283 on May 21st requiring physicians to register for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in Colorado. First huge step!