The seven prescribing and dispensing boards housed at the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations has adopted revised Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids.

These boards – the Colorado Dental Board, Colorado Medical Board, State Board of Nursing, State Board of Optometry, Colorado Podiatry Board, State Board of Pharmacy, and State Board of Veterinary Medicine – embarked on an 18-month stakeholder engagement process in May 2016. The revised policy reflects their collaboration and the robust stakeholder feedback the boards received.

Moving forward, the boards will continue to evaluate the policy, incorporating new legislation and collaborating with other state agencies, researchers, practitioners, patients, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, and other stakeholders to identify and evaluate outcomes. In a news release, the boards note that the policy is a “living document, reflective of the evolving science, technology, policy and law in their ongoing efforts to address Colorado's opioid crisis.” Written comments may be provided at any time to Holli Weaver at

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