Colorado House Committee on Health and Insurance members are espousing the benefits of advancing a pair of bills designed to prevent opioid use disorder while reducing opioid overdose death rates.
Officials said HB20-1085, sponsored by State Reps. Chris Kennedy (D-Dist. 23) and Leslie Herod (D-Dist. 8), focuses on prevention efforts, encouraging best practices to prevent opioid misuse, increasing access to alternatives to opioids for pain relief, expanding continuing education for opioid prescribers and supporting the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to work with community partners such as local public health agencies in a variety of prevention efforts.
“We can lower the rate of opioid overdose deaths, slow the spread of communicable diseases and prevent more Coloradans from developing a substance use disorder, but we have to adopt best practices for prevention and provide better access to alternative pain therapies,” Kennedy said.
Meanwhile, Kennedy and Herod also sponsored HB20-1065, which they said seeks to lower the rate of opioid overdoses and related deaths and better prevent the spread of communicable diseases that can be associated with the injection of illicit opioids.
“These bills will help keep Coloradans from developing a substance misuse disorder or dying of an overdose,” Herod said. “Across our state, communities are being devastated by substance misuse disorder, and we need to act now to turn the tide in this deadly crisis. These bills will improve prevention efforts and help keep more Coloradans alive.”