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Colorado’s political, civic leaders aim to tackle opioid abuse

Author: Dan Njegomir - September 13, 2017 - Updated: September 13, 2017

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Government and business leaders, recovery advocates and others will discuss how the state is addressing its opioid crisis today at a town hall-style summit hosted by Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.

A press announcement issued by Coffman’s office Tuesday says she will be joined by Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Lyons Mayor Connie Sullivan, who will be representing the Metro Mayors Caucus. Also in attendance will be other government and business leaders, recovery advocates, service providers, people in recovery and community members, who will, “bring attention to the importance of supporting individuals recovering from substance use and mental disorders.”

The press statement also notes:

Panel discussions will highlight the work that is being done across Colorado to fight the opioid epidemic, as well as potential ways to improve our collective response to the crisis. …

… Coffman is the chair of the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force, a group that addresses ways to better assist communities in responding to drug use problems. In the midst of the opioid crisis, Colorado is receiving federal funds that will increase access to medication-assisted treatment. As more individuals access treatment, recovery support becomes critical for increasing success for people in recovery. This event will mark the official launch of the new Recovery Ready Colorado initiative focused on Colorado’s recovery efforts.

Where: Colorado Attorney General’s Office (room 1D), 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

When: Today from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Media may come and go as needed. There will be an opportunity for interviews both at 2 p.m. and after the event concludes at 3 p.m.

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Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.