Dear students, faculty and staff,
As we have been seeing in the news with alarming frequency, overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl are on the rise in Colorado and around the country. We continue to hear stories of lives lost in our communities after individuals ingest illicit drugs
laced with this powerful narcotic. Indeed, our healthcare providers see its devastating effects in their emergency departments and clinics on a daily basis.
While this growing public health crisis can feel daunting, each of us can help share information and resources for stemming its spread.
Expertise & Resources for Fighting the Fentanyl Crisis
Our campus has long been part of efforts to address the opioid epidemic devastating families and communities across Colorado and around the country. We are well-positioned to help fight the growing fentanyl crisis facing us today.
You may know that CU Anschutz is home to the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, established nearly a decade ago to coordinate our state’s response to the public health crisis of drug misuse and abuse. Operating out of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the consortium has made a meaningful impact in partnership with nonprofits, government agencies and providers statewide and continues to lead efforts to battle the fentanyl spike.
Many resources are available, including several upcoming efforts right here on campus made possible by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these resources to help protect our community.
Lifesaving tools may help prevent or temporarily reverse an opioid overdose.
Free nasal naloxone kits will be available on campus next Tuesday, April 26.
Stop by Education 2 North between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., or the Fitzsimons Building lobby between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to pick up your free nasal Narcan kit. Quantities are limited. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.
Assume any pill or drug not purchased directly from a pharmacy could contain fentanyl ‒ including prescription medications. Also be sure to regularly dispose of unused or expired drugs:
|Tell friends and family about drug disposal events ‒ like the U.S. DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day coming up Saturday, April 30, on campus. Drop-offs may be made on the south side of the Fitzsimons Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.|
Many free, confidential resources are available for members of the CU Anschutz community.
Employees can call the Real Help Hotline at 833.533.CHAT (2428) or connect with the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program.
Students who would like to speak to someone about their health or well-being, or those wishing to provide support for others on campus, may contact our Student Outreach and Support Office.
Colorado Crisis Services is another resource, available 24 hours a day year-round.
Fentanyl can be combined with other illicit drugs and sold as powders, sprays or pressed pills to look like legal prescription opioids.
Spread the word about the dangers of fentanyl and where to find support and resources. The university will continue to marshal expertise and other resources to address this crisis.
You have led by example throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and you can do the same when it comes to this health challenge.
Thank you and be well. Your partnership helps keep #CUAnschutzTogether.
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
John J. Reilly, Jr.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs & Dean, School of Medicine
Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dean, Graduate School
Dean, School of Dental Medicine
Dean, College of Nursing
Dean, Colorado School of Public Health