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h_phc_2018a_2018-02-27t13:56:35z0 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For UPDATE FROM THE OPIOID AND OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Feb 27, 2018      
Location RM 271



Update from the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee - Committee Discussion Only


01:57:40 PM  

Representative Pettersen provided an overview on the work of the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Committee over the interim.

01:58:38 PM  

A handout was distributed to the committee (Attachment A).  Dr. Robert Valuck, Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, provided statistics on opioid overdose deaths nationally and in Colorado.  

02:05:23 PM  

Dr. Valuck described the costs of the opioid epidemic on the economy.  He explained the treatment gap for substance abuse and the reasons treatment is not sought.    

02:09:43 PM  
Dr. Valuck responded to questions regarding
overdose deaths, data on opioid prescriptions, and illegal drug trafficking.
 
02:17:01 PM  

Dr. Valuck explained how prescribed opioids became prevalent in the U.S.  Representative Pettersen and Dr. Valuck responded to committee questions on opioid prescribing rates under Medicaid.

02:24:16 PM  
Dr. Valuck described recent efforts to
combat opioid abuse including the President's Commission, new federal funding
for treatment expansion, and progress with Colorado's Plan to Reduce Prescription
Drug Abuse.  
02:39:36 PM  
Dr. Valuck responded to committee questions regarding harm reduction strategies.
02:40:36 PM  

Jose Esquibel, Colorado Office of the Attorney General, discussed Colorado's response to substance abuse through the Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force.

02:49:55 PM  
Representative Pettersen commented on effective substance use treatment and transitioning from prescription drugs to illegal drugs.
02:52:38 PM  

Mr. Esquibel summarized six areas of legislative focus regarding the opioid epidemic in Colorado.

03:00:44 PM  

Dr. Valuck responded to committee questions regarding costs of proposed legislation and different treatment options.  

03:03:06 PM  

Theresa Manocchio anbd Emily Johnson, Colorado Health Institute, presented on a feasibility study regarding House Bill 17-1351.  Ms. Manocchio discussed the fiscal impacts of House Bill 17-1351.

03:29:13 PM  
Ms. Johnson responded to committee questions.