New Revised Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids

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New Revised Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids

Greetings from the Division of Professions and Occupations,

On behalf of the seven prescribing and dispensing Boards housed at the Division of Professions and Occupations (Division), we are pleased to unveil the revised Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids that were recently adopted by the Colorado Dental Board, the Colorado Medical Board, the State Board of Nursing, the State Board of Optometry,  the Colorado Podiatry Board, and the State Board of Pharmacy, and endorsed by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

In honoring their commitment to evaluate the effectiveness and usefulness of the 2014 Policy, as well as responding to any unintended consequences, the Boards embarked on an 18-month stakeholder engagement process in May 2016. The revised Policy reflects the collaboration between the seven Boards and the robust stakeholder feedback the Boards received.

LIVE Q & A Session

The Division will hold an informational session to educate stakeholders on this important Policy and take questions from prescribers, dispensers and the public. Interested parties can participate either in person or via webinar.


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.  The Boards remain committed to this Policy as 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

A new website provides additional information about the new, revised Policy, the process for its revisions, stakeholder meeting recordings and much more. Be sure to check it often as we’ll be adding more information in the coming weeks.


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