Opioids

New Veterinary Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Policy
On October 13, 2016, the State Board of Veterinary Medicine adopted a new veterinary opioid policy for the prescribing and dispensing of opioids, in an effort to provide guidelines and assist prescribing veterinarians. The Board believes that opioid use in a veterinary practice setting requires a unique policy that provides meaningful guidance to veterinarians who treat a wide variety of animals in Colorado. However, Colorado veterinarians may use an alternative approach if the approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes, regulations, and standard of care. Download the new Veterinary Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids.

Training video helps veterinarians treat opioid overdoses in dogs
Overdoses from extremely potent illegal opioids are on the rise across America — but not just for humans. These drugs are now endangering working dogs who encounter them in the line of duty. As a result, veterinarians are increasingly asked to consult by phone for dogs suffering from overdoses in the field. To address this emerging health threat, the AVMA collaborated with the University of Illinois to develop a training video that helps veterinarians and law enforcement teams provide potentially life-saving treatment for dogs. Learn more…

Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Colorado is one of a handful of states with a state-wide prescription drug monitoring program designed to allow prescribers to access information and identify an individual that they may have concerns about. Retail dispensers (not individual prescribers) of medications are required to upload information to a state database on a monthly basis. Learn more…