The CO’s CURE Initiative

Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic 

Contact Info:

Darlene Tad-Y, MD, SFHM

CHA Physician Advisor

720.330.6020

Vision Statement:
The specialty societies of Colorado develop the nation’s first comprehensive, multispecialty medical guidelines to address and resolve the opioid epidemic in Colorado.

 

Project Background
In 2017, the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians developed a set of guidelines to inform emergency departments (EDs) on how to holistically address the opioid epidemic. Among other recommendations, these guidelines encouraged the use of alternatives to opioids (ALTOs) as a first line of defense for treating painful conditions before resorting to opioids. Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), with the help of its partner organizations, launched a six-month pilot study of these guidelines in 10 EDs, which demonstrated an average 36 percent reduction in opioid administrations and 31 percent increase in the use of ALTOs. By the end of 2018, those pilot sites had decreased the administration of opioids by 62 percent. The pilot has since been expanded into the Colorado ALTO Project and rolled out across the state and beyond.

 

The CO’s CURE Initiative
In 2019, Colorado Hospital Association, Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention are launching a new initiative designed to reduce opioid administrations in the inpatient setting using the same model as the Colorado ALTO Project. Due to the success seen in the emergency department, the Association is again partnering with specialty society organizations to develop prescribing guidelines that are tailored to the nuances of each specialty. By having frontline clinicians champion the work, this accelerates the rate of adoption and sustainability.

All specialty societies in Colorado are welcome to join CO’s CURE.

 

CO’s CURE Leadership

This initiative is proudly co-sponsored by Colorado Hospital Association, Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.