In 2019, Colorado Hospital Association, Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Consortium
for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention launched a new initiative designed to address
the opioid epidemic – Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the
Epidemic (CO’s CURE). CO’s CURE brought together diverse clinical specialties, all
committed to resolving the opioid epidemic in Colorado through the development of
opioid prescribing guidelines that seek to treat patients’ pain more effectively while
reducing unnecessary exposure to opioids. In May 2021, CO's CURE released its Obstetrics
2020 Opioid Prescribing and Treatment Guidelines. These guidelines were developed
in partnership with the Colorado Section of the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists. Dr. Maridee Shogren, Don't Quit the Quit-PI, served
on the Obstetric and Gynecologic Specialty Editors team and contributed to this document.
In addition to Obstetrics and Gynecology, CO's CURE
has developed prescribing guidelines in emergency medicine, surgery and anesthesia,
hospital medicine, pharmacy, dental, and occupational & environmental medicine. Please
visit CO's CURE to learn more about these prescribing guidelines and the great work
going on in CO to address the opioid epidemic.
Learn how to improve your quality of care by understanding, respecting, and responding
to a patient’s experiences, values, and beliefs.
SAMHSA has released updated Advisories for healthcare professionals. This Advisory is based on TIP 51, Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women. It offers guidance to providers and administrators about the particular needs of
women during substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Please visit and download for free.
Nutrition Needs During Opioid Use Disorder and Recovery: Although, there are no standard nutritional interventions for pregnant persons with
substance use disorders or during recovery, a proper nutrition education with healthy
lifestyle can prevent nutritional deficiencies and decrease the risk of mental health
illness symptoms. The “Nutrition Needs During Opioid Use Disorder and Recovery” webinar
provides nutritional intervention strategies and recommendations that may enhance
recovery and prevent recurrence. This webinar also explores nutritional needs and
challenges that are specifically related to pregnant persons with substance use disorders.
- Recognize nutritional needs and challenges for pregnant persons struggling with substance
use disorders or during recovery
- Review common side effects of medications and how they impact nutrition status
- Identify nutritional intervention strategies that may enhance recovery and prevent
recurrence of substance use
- Watch Here: https://vimeo.com/511263539