"Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids."

Center for Disease Control - National Center for Health Statistics

The Colorado Area Health Education Centers are pleased to present a new online training to address the growing opioid epidemic in Colorado. Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. Opioid Use Disorder affects people in all communities.

The free, online self-paced training will provide community health workers throughout Colorado with the tools needed to lead the change in their communities. Trainees will gain knowledge in treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and more. A community health worker is someone working within their community to improve health and is open to all in Colorado.

2.1 million Americans have a Rx related opioid use disorder. ¹

Nearly 80% of heroin users report misusing a prescription opioid prior to trying heroin. ²

How To Join Us

1. Sign up for free at www.oudchw.co.

2. Complete the course at your own pace.

3. Lead the change in your community!

Have questions or need assistance?

Let us know how we can help.

Learning Objectives

1. Intro to Opioid Use

Gain understanding of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and the scope of the crisis.

2. Ethics

Prepare to respond to ethical challenges related to patient rights, laws, and guidelines.

3. Patient and Family Education

Be equipped to promote safe use, storage, and disposal.

4. Stigma reduction

Be ready to talk about opioid use and the crisis in a way that leads to healthier outcomes.

5. Prevention

Learn evidence-based information on misuse, overdose, and relapse prevention.

6. Supporting Patients' Decisions

Develop motivational interviewing spirit in order to support patient choices about their health.

7. Treatment Options

Understand treatment options and how to access those options across Colorado

8. Recovery

Understand how to support patients in the lifelong journey to reach their full potential.

9. Harm Reduction

Be prepared to share strategies such as needle exchange, safe injection, and Naloxone administration.

10. Safety

Learn how to stay safe as you help change lives.

Presented By





Centennial AHEC, Central CO AHEC, Southeastern CO AHEC, San Luis Valley AHEC, Southwestern CO AHEC, Western CO AHEC

1. Lankenau SE, Teti M, Silva K, Jackson Bloom J, Harocopos A, Treese M. Initiation into prescription opioid misuse amongst young injection drug users. Int J Drug Policy. 2012;23(1):37-44.
2 .Substance Abuse Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. SAMHSA. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHDetTabs-2016/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016.htm. Published September 7, 2017. Accessed March 7, 2018.

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