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Federal Government 

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Colorado General Assembly

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The Colorado Senate is comprised of 35 Senators 

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The Colorado House of Representatives is comprised of 65 Representatives.




State Capitol Building

200 E. Colfax Ave., Rm. 136

Denver, CO 80203

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Denver, CO 80203

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Office of the Attorney General Phil Weiser

Colorado Attorney General

Colorado Department of Law 

Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building

1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 

Phone:  (720) 508-6000

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Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-894-7690  - 

Fax: 303-894-7692 


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Code of Colorado Regulations: Secretary of State's website.

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State Board of Pharmacy

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Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-894-7800 

Fax: 303-894-7692 



Health & Human Services 

Address: 1575 Sherman, Denver, CO 80203

Phone:  (303) 866-5700

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Colorado Board of Health

Department of Public Health and Environment

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 draft rules are published in the Colorado Register on the 10th of each month.  


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Petition to add a debilitating condition

Division of Professions and Occupations

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Denver, CO  80202


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1560 Broadway, Suite 850
Denver, CO  80202


Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
1570 Grant Street · Denver, CO 80203-1818
Phone: (303) 866-2993 · 

Fax: (303) 866-4411
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Prescribing Information 

  • Current limit: Seven-day initial limit (long-term care excluded)
  • First policy: Colorado's Department of Health Care Policy and Financing announced a new policy on July 10, 2017, to reduce opioid prescriptions in the state's Medicaid program. The policy was rolled out in two phases. The first phase went into effect on August 1, 2017, and limits the supply of opioids a Medicaid recipient can receive if they did not have an opioid prescription in the past 12 months. The policy limits the first fill prescription of opioids to a seven day supply. Patients can get two more seven-day prescriptions, but a fourth prescription would have to be approved by the department. Medicaid recipients that already had an opioid prescription before the new policy will still be allowed up to a 30-day prescription. The second phase went into effect on October 1, 2017, and reduced the morphine milligram equivalents (MME) from Medicaid patients from 300 MME per day to 250 MME per day. The new MME limit does not apply to patients being treated for cancer or in palliative or hospice care.[12][13]
  • Second policy: On May 21, 2018, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed Senate Bill 22 into law. The bill implemented a seven-day initial limit on opioid prescriptions, with prescribers allowed to write another seven-day prescription if they consider it necessary. The bill included exemptions for patients experiencing chronic pain, cancer patients, patients under hospice care, and patients experiencing post-surgical pain expected to last longer than 14 days.[14][15]


The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the Department) has implemented and plans to continue to implement policies designed to impact the opioid overdose epidemic. The objective of this page is to provide a central source for Department opioid policy information, resources regarding pain management and opioid prescribing for the provider, member pain management resources, and additional related information. The Department is following the lead of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention in reducing the misuse of prescription opioids. In order to support this Governor-assigned task force the currently implemented policies describing limitations on morphine milligram equivalents (MME), short acting opioid pill quantities, early interruption of opioid dosing escalations, and dental provider specific policies are briefly listed:

  • MME - Prior Authorization required for Rx exceeding 200MME
  • Short-acting opioid pill quantity limits - 120 per 30 days for chronic (non-naïve) short-acting opioids
  • Opioid Naïve Policy - Member identified as opioid naïve if they have not had an opioid Rx filled within 180 days, days-supply will be limited for opioid naïve to 7 days (56 pills, short-acting opioid only), after 3 fills of 7 days-supplies are written, provider may be required to complete provider-provider consult with pain management specialist
  • Dental provider quantity limit is 4 days (24 pills, short-acting opioid only)

Through these policies, the Department is attempting to reduce potentially inappropriate opioid utilization, high risk/high dose prescribing, and reduce unnecessary escalation to higher dose opioid utilization. Recognizing there are special needs and necessity for individual assessment for many members, the Department provides provider-provider consults with a pain management specialist free of charge to the provider and member and are available by request ( Compassionate pain management and opioid safety are important to the Department and the consult service provides an additional expert evaluation of safety and efficacy of members' pain management regimens.

The Department strongly encourages the provider use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program when prescribing controlled substances to all members.

Morphine Equivalents Limitations: Lowering the Max Dose Ceiling

Short-Acting Opioids

Pain Management Resources for Providers

Recent Legislation Pertinent to Opioid Prescribing

Opioid Overdose Resources

Patient Education

Substance Use Disorder Assistance/Prevention

Currently available non-drug services covered by Medicaid for use in conjunction with drug treatment

Colorado Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids

Opioid Prescribing 

Call To Action

Pain Management Resources and Opioid Use



Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO): Opioid Guidelines | Department of Regulatory Agencies -

Jump to New Law Affects Colorado Prescribers, Limits Opioid Prescriptions · 

Spotlight on Colorado - AMA Opioid Task Force
Jan 1, 2019 · In this spotlight analysis of Colorado's response to the epidemic, we analyze the state's efforts in three areas: substance use disorder treatment (SUD), pain management, and harm reduction ...

Opioid Stewardship | Center for Health, Work & Environment | University of Colorado Denver
With the opioid crisis on the rise, it's never been more important for health professionals to stay up-to-date on the latest pain management met​hods. 

Pain Management Resources and Opioid Use | Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

The objective of this page is to provide a central source for Department opioid policy information, resources regarding pain management and opioid prescribing for the provider, member pain management resources, and ...

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP): Health First Colorado strongly recommends using the PDMP when precribing controlled substances. Signing up is incredibly easy.

Practice Guidelines:

Additional Information on the Tapering and Discontinuing of Opioids:


HCPF is not recommending this calculator to be used as a reference for converting a patient from one opioid to another, conversion is a complex process and we recommend consulting a specialist. The reference calculator is provided as it is the source of opioid milligram equivalents quantification used by HCPF. Please exercise great caution when converting patients from one opioid to another as issues of cross-tolerance and agent pharmacokinetics can create a potentially life-threatening situation. If a telephone consult is needed with a pain management physician (free of charge for Medicaid members), please email

Additional Information:

 Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO): Opioid Guidelines



On March 14, 2019, the revised Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids were adopted by all six of Colorado’s prescribing and dispensing Boards: 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.

Revisions were necessary due to the new requirements in Senate Bill 18-22 Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. This new state law went into effect on May 21, 2018, immediately upon the Governor’s signature. The law sets forth prescribing requirements, such as the number of opioids to be prescribed and required Prescription Drug Monitoring Program checks in certain clinical situations. The law also provides specific exemptions to these requirements. 


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.

State Specific Health, Medical & Civil Rights Organizations:



ACLU of Colorado

Executive Director:  Nathan Woodliff-Stanley 


Phone: (303) 777-5482



Colorado Medical Society

7351 E. Lowry Boulvard, Suite 110, 

Denver, Colorado 80230-6902

Phone:  (720) 859-1001

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Component societies


Colorado Pain Society 

Kenneth C. Lewis, MD

Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists

Phone: (970) 858-2562, (970) 270-2259


Laws, Rules and Policies

Colorado SUD Study Committee:


Organization's Description:

The interim study committee examines prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support strategies for opioid and other substance use disorders in Colorado.