Beside Opioids, Mark Masselli Also Spoke with Governor John Hickenlooper About Legalized Marijuana, and Presidential Interest
Key to the discussion is how to combat the opioid crisis in Colorado–and elsewhere, as Mark Masselli pointed out. John Governor’s Hickenlooper’s lead other governors to sign a compact aimed at fighting addiction recently.
Of his initiative, Hickenlooper said, “Colorado has made important strides to combat the prescription drug misuse and abuse that affects a significant percentage of Coloradans across the state”.
Mark Masselli and the Governor highlighted some solutions to fighting opioids:
- Help to create recovery paths for those addicted.
- Lower inappropriate prescribing of opioids to patients.
- Look at how to change addiction and opioids.
In 2014, Colorado tried to determine new ways to help individuals in communities that are particularly hard hit by opioid drug abuse. Governor Hickenlooper launched a public awareness campaign “Take Meds Seriously” to address this problem. “We have more to do. I look forward to continuing this work with my fellow governors on a national level,” said Hickenlooper.
A critical part of this public health problem is finding a solution to get rid of opioid prescription medications. The Take-Back Program is an approach initiated by the Colorado state health department. “The governor’s support of this national compact underscores our Colorado priorities of improving the education about, treatment of and recovery from opioid addiction.”
This lead to further crucial access to additional healthcare in Colorado. Part of this initiate where behavioral health and primary care–both of which improve outcomes for patients. “Prescriptive and illicit opioid abuse are significant public health concerns in Colorado,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Governor Hickenlooper with Mark Masselli also looked at lessons learned from the legalization marijuana, and the bipartisan campaign to promote better health policies. Listen to the discussion between Mark Masselli Margaret Flinter had a conversation John Hickenlooper on CHC Radio here.