Dr. Debra Parsons, Colorado Medical Society, spoke about physician prescribing rates for opioids, the recent decline in opioid prescriptions, and the increased number of PDMP queries. She discussed the new continuing education requirement for medical provider licensure renewal. She discussed the Colorado CURE Initiative, which focuses on developing guidelines targeted towards limiting opioid use; using alternatives to opioids for the treatment of pain; implementing harm reduction strategies; and improving the treatment and referral of patients with Opioid Use Disorder. Dr. Parsons responded to questions. Committee discussion followed about the role of pharmaceutical companies in the high rate of prescribing opioids.