State of Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force Twelfth Annual Report.
Coffman, Cynthia H.
State of Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: January 2018
Colorado Office of the Attorney General
Colorado Department of Law Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building 1300 Broadway, 10th Floor
Denver, CA 80203
Tel: (720) 508-6000
Fax: (720) 508-6030
This annual report discusses the activities and findings of the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force. The report begins with an overview of the task force and its mission and task force members and meetings. The following section reviews task force priorities for 2017, including the impact of drug abuse on children, increasing access to medication assisted treatment, raising awareness about recovery from substance use disorders, and coordinated responses to the opioid crisis and assisting local communities. Section 3 highlights committee work and accomplishments in the area of data on the impact of substance abuse, substance exposed newborns, and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Substance abuse trends are reviewed in Section 4 and indicate: alcohol, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin continue to be the main drugs used by individuals who sought treatment in 2016; heroin treatment admissions increased 262% between 2008 and 2016 in Colorado and were highest for individuals ages 25 to 34; treatment admissions for individuals addicted to methamphetamine increased 34% between 2008 and 2015, but leveled in 2016; the upward trend in cannabinoid positive drivers and fatalities with cannabinoid positive drivers continued in 2016; marijuana violations are the second highest law enforcement referrals in Colorado's public schools; there were 3,147 suspensions, 211 expulsions, and 851 law enforcement referrals for marijuana in schools from 2016-2017; alcohol continues to be the drug of choice for high school students, with marijuana use second; marijuana use is highest among students in grades 11 and 12; 1 in 5 high school students used marijuana in the prior 30 days and 1 in 19 used marijuana daily or near-daily; and heroin overdose deaths continue to rise while prescription opioid drug overdose deaths are declining.
Colorado; trend analysis; prevention programs; substance abuse; drug abuse; heroin; oxycontin; family environment; substance abusing parents; adolescents; school issues; discipline; juvenile delinquency