OBH releases 2020 Colorado Drug Trends Report: Drug Trends Report Shows Increases in Substance Use Treatment Admissions
Admissions to treatment programs for alcohol, methamphetamine and heroin use are up 8.7%, 31% and 52% percent from 2015 respectively, according to the OBH Drug Trends report.
Admissions to treatment programs for alcohol, meth, prescription opioids and heroin use are up significantly from 2015, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Drug Trends analysis report.
The OBH evaluation team presented findings to the Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force on August 7, summarizing findings from a 10-year trend analysis based on substance use treatment data from OBH-licensed facilities. The analysis focused on the six main substances that comprise 98% of all substance use treatment records: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription opioids.
Here are key findings from the report:
The table below summarizes the percent change in treatment admissions by drug:
A copy of the presentation can be found on the CDHS Behavioral Health Reports page. If you have questions about this report, please write Stephanie.Russell@state.co.us.
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use, find resources and providers on the OBH website. You can also contact Colorado Crisis Services at 844- 493-TALK (8255), or text TALK to 38255. Our trained professionals provide free, immediate and confidential help 24/7, 365 days a year.
Submitted by BehavioralHealth on 8/26/2020, 10:32AM.
Isaiah Wilson off to rough start with Titans
The Tennessee Titans may not have their 2020 first-round pick on the field when they take on the Denver Broncos in Week 1. Offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson was arrested for a DUI on Friday, according AtoZSports Nashville.
Wilson, 21, was arrested at 11:29 p.m. on Friday. He reportedly blew a .107 and .113 when he was pulled over. The legal limit in Tennessee is .08. Wilson posted bond at 1:28 a.m. on Saturday.
The Titans confirmed Wilson’s arrest, saying Wilson’s conduct is not “indicative of the character of our football team.”
Wilson was taken by the Titans with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Things just keep getting worse for Isaiah Wilson.
“We are aware of the situation,” the Titans said in a statement, AtoZSportsNashville reported. “This is not conduct that is indicative of the character of our football team and we are working through details on how to proceed.”
Wilson is currently on the Titans’ COVID-19 reserve list, which means he is not eligible to take part in any team activities other than virtual meetings and is not available to play in Monday’s season-opener at Denver. He was placed on that list last Sunday.
This is the second time he has been sidelined due to COVID-related issues. He also missed the first few days of training camp because he was placed on the COVID reserve list when he reported for the start of preseason preparations. He finally was added to the active roster on Aug. 3.
In between his issues with the coronavirus, he was named in an incident report filed by Tennessee State University police officers after they broke up a party at an off-campus apartment complex. Wilson received a trespass warning while other partygoers were charged with drug, curfew and runaway violations.
Wilson was drafted 29th overall with the idea that he would battle veteran Dennis Kelly to be the Titans' starter at right tackle this season. That battle never materialized during camp and Kelly will be at that spot against the Broncos.
Colorado State Patrol, local law enforcement agencies begin ‘Fall Festivals’ DUI enforcement Friday
DENVER (KDVR) — The “Fall Festivals” DUI enforcement period begins Friday.
“Last year, as the seasons changed, we saw a spike in DUI arrests,” said Col. Matthew Packard, chief of CSP. “Our message is simple: if you choose to drink, don’t endanger others. You have options to avoid a needless tragedy and we know what to look for to help keep our Colorado roadways safe.”
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), CSP and local law enforcement agencies are partnering up once again to “crack down” on impaired drivers and prevent fatal crashes this fall.
Since January, 102 deaths on Colorado roads are DUI fatalities. The eight-month period between January and September has recorded 1,444 DUI arrests.
The Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period will continue through Thursday, Oct. 28
READ THE FULL STORY HERE by Keely Sugden Posted: Sep 10, 2020 / 06:09 PM MDT
The Denver DUI 2020 Crime Report reports neighborhood DUI crimes by day of week, time of day, and specific neighborhood. Last updated 9.7.20.
Denver DUIs are down this month (28) compared with last (39), and down this year over the same time period last year.Denver has had 258 DUIs reported so far this year, an average of 31.4 per month / 1.0 per day.
The most DUIs any neighborhood in Denver has had this year is Central Park, with 15. The average # of DUIs per neighborhood this year is 3.31.
Click here for specific DUI information. This report displays recent DUI's in Denver and surrounding neighborhoods, days of week, times of day and number of DUI's in specific Denver communities.
‘We want people to arrive alive’: Colorado State Patrol launches Labor Day DUI enforcement
DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado State Patrol is noticing a lot more localized travel this Labor Day weekend.
“We’re already seeing an increase of people going to the state parks to recreate in different areas,” CSP Sgt. Blake White said, adding, “It’s terrific they are enjoying Colorado, we just ask that people do it safely. We want people to have an enjoyable weekend and arrive alive.”
While the pandemic has put a halt on many activities, White tells FOX 31 crimes behind the wheel haven’t disappeared.
“One thing that has remained consistent this year: we’ve continued to see people getting behind the wheel impaired by either drugs or alcohol,” he said.
The Labor Day DUI enforcement period runs until Sept. 8.
According to Colorado Department of Transportation, 899 drivers were arrested for DUI during the enforcement period last year.
“We’re not saying, ‘Don’t go out and drink’ because we’re realistic, but just don’t get behind the wheel and put people in danger,” White said.
As of Saturday morning, CSP already started seeing several types of incidents.
“We’re overall noticing some reckless behaviors, people going out and trying to enjoy Colorado the wrong way,” White said. “We want them to drive safely, not drinking and driving, slowing down, buckling up. It’s just so important when you have so many more vehicles on the roadway, families traveling together.”
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by: Nicole Fierro Posted: Sep 5, 2020 / 12:35 PM MDT / Updated: Sep 5, 2020 / 12:35 PM MDT
ICE arrests 63 individuals in Colorado and Wyoming in latest operation targeting criminal aliens
Targets included those with arrests or convictions for assault, domestic violence, other crimes involving victims.
As Coloradans prepare to celebrate the end of summer over Labor Day weekend, statewide law enforcement officers are preparing for the Labor Day DUI enforcement period from Aug. 21-Sept. 8. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies are teaming together to increase law enforcement patrol, protecting Colorado roadways from dangerous, impaired drivers.
Fatal crashes due to DUI on Colorado roads between January and July rose from 28% of fatalities in 2019 to 30% in 2020. This increase is more of a concern, considering there were fewer vehicles on the roads due to the pandemic.
“Summer holidays are a time to relax with friends and family. Unfortunately, they’re also a time when we see an increase in impaired driving crashes,” said Col. Matthew Packard, chief of CSP. “Save yourself the trouble of a DUI and plan for a way home that doesn’t involve getting behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol.”
The 2020 Labor Day enforcement period will have increased patrols across 81 law enforcement agencies. Both the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Sterling Police Department plan to have extra officers on the lookout for impaired drivers. Last year, 99 agencies participated, resulting in 899 DUI arrests, with Denver and Colorado Springs police departments reporting the highest count of impaired driving arrests. Law enforcement encourages Coloradans to make a smart and safe decision to have a sober ride home, if traveling over the holiday weekend.
On Aug. 29 MADD will join law enforcement as they step up patrols, conduct sobriety checkpoints and increase public service messaging to remind everyone that if you drive drunk or impaired by other drugs, you will get caught. About 250 law enforcement agencies are participating in Saturation Saturday nationwide.
One way Coloradans can make smarter, safer decisions is with a personal breathalyzer. Labor Day marks the last full week of the partnership between CDOT and BACtrack®, a leading personal breathalyzer company. CDOT teamed up with BACtrack this summer to offer Colorado residents 50% off a personal BACtrack breathalyzer to get more breathalyzers in the hands of Coloradans, and educate them about blood alcohol content (BAC) levels to reduce impaired driving. Colorado residents can visit codot.bactrack.com to purchase either the BACtrack Mobile Pro, Trace Pro, C8, or C6 with the discount through Sept. 15, or while supplies last.
More than 1,100 Colorado residents have purchased BACtrack breathalyzers since the 50% discount became available in early-July. Last year, more than 1,400 Coloradans purchased breathalyzers through the entire campaign from July-October. For more information about previous CDOT and BACtrack breathalyzer campaigns, visit HeatIsOnColorado.com.
This summer, CDOT’s Take Some Time campaign can be seen across the state on billboards, buildings, social media, and in liquor stores. The campaign aims to educate and raise awareness of the time it takes for a person’s BAC to return to zero after consuming alcohol.
To bring the Take Some Time campaign to life, CDOT is creating a large-scale display reinforcing that a single alcoholic drink can impair a person for two hours and that the only appropriate time to drive is with a BAC of zero. The display will emulate an alcoholic beverage glass slowly draining over two hours, and then refilling to repeat the process. The installation will launch early September in a high-visibility location near the Denver-Metro area.
Read about CDOT’s dedication to keeping Colorado roads safe, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips at codot.gov/safety.
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PUBLISHED: August 21, 2020 at 8:21 p.m. | UPDATED: August 21, 2020 at 8:22 p.m.
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