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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
READ FULL STORY HERE
by: Nicole Fierro Posted: Sep 5, 2020 / 12:35 PM MDT / Updated: Sep 5, 2020 / 12:35 PM MDT
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.
ARVADA, Colo. — A woman suspected of drunk driving and then spitting on the arresting officer, telling him "There's some corona for you," has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, online court records said.
Brenda Johnson, 62, also received five years' probation after pleading guilty to assault of a peace officer/bodily fluids, a fourth-degree felony. Johnson also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and received two years' probation.
When the incident happened in March, it was unknown if Johnson was COVID-19 positive.
Police said Johnson was driving drunk and collided into four parked cars in the area of the 6000 block of Olde Wadsworth Blvd. When officers arrived, they found Johnson behind the wheel of the suspect vehicle at the 7-Eleven at W. 58th Ave and Wadsworth Blvd, according to police. She was arrested and taken to a local detoxification center where the spitting incident happened.
Johnson has a lengthy criminal record in Colorado, including a prior DUI, drug possession, theft and probation violations, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation criminal history report.
READ FULL STORY HERE By: Ryan Osborne Posted at 7:34 PM, Jun 18, 2020
HOw long does it take for a person’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) to return to zero after consuming alcohol?
Many Coloradans may not realize the amount of time it takes to return to sobriety after consuming even a small amount of alcohol. In reality, the slightest amount can impair a person’s ability to drive. A single beer can stay in your system for up to two hours.
CDOT’s Take Some Time campaign aims to raise awareness about the time it takes for a person’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) to return to zero after consuming alcohol. The campaign will use images of alcoholic beverages to show how long a given amount of alcohol can potentially stay in your system.
Even if your BAC is less than .05 percent (DWAI limit), you can still be charged with a DUI if you show signs of impairment. The only absolute way to ensure you are safe to drive is to have a BAC of zero.
Nearly 60 people in Colorado are arrested for impaired driving each day. To help reduce alcohol-related crashes and save lives in Colorado, CDOT and BACtrack® have partnered for the past several years to promote the use of personal breathalyzers. Alcohol affects everyone differently and your BAC can be affected by a variety of factors. A breathalyzer is the best way to get an accurate BAC reading. Even one or two drinks can put you over the DWAI or DUI limit. Don't risk it; know your BAC is zero before you decide to drive.
As part of this year’s The Heat Is On campaign, CDOT has again partnered with BACtrack, a leading personal and professional breathalyzer company, to urge Coloradans to check their BAC to confirm they are sober before they drive.
The BACtrack Mobile Pro, Trace Pro, C8, or C6 are police-grade breathalyzers that provide users an accurate estimate of their BAC. BACtrack’s ZeroLine® technology estimates how long it will be before a person’s BAC returns to zero after drinking. ZeroLine is featured in the C8 model, and also in the BACtrack app, which is compatible with the Mobile Pro and C6.
This program is also supported by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. The Foundation brings more than 25 years of leadership in the fight against drunken driving and underage drinking.
READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
To view Spanish materials, visit: https://www.codot.gov/safety/alcohol-and-impaired-driving/conducir-bajo-el-efecto-del-alcohol
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – The man responsible for a crash in 2018 that killed a couple in Franktown was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Thursday. Skylar Pagano was under the substance of methamphetamines and marijuana in May 2018 when he crashed head-on into a car and killed Julee Davis and Festus Poyner. Their 2-year-old son, Cadence, who was in his car seat, suffered nearly 100 fractures but has made a full recovery.
Pagano was driving a stolen truck at the time of the crash. He was on felony probation when he killed Poyner and Davis, as well as on bond awaiting sentencing in another felony. After a week long trial last year, a Douglas County jury found Pagano, of Thornton, guilty on 17 charges including vehicular homicide. Pagano received two 15-year sentences for the death of Poyner and Davis, and two 10-year sentences for injuries to Cadence and a passenger in Pagano’s vehicle.
The couple’s family now shares custody of Cadence as well as his little sister Adaleigh, who was not in the car at the time.
“We told him that we hope he finds himself with God while he’s in prison. He knows that we do not hate him and we forgive him. We got to meet some of his family today and that was great healing,” said Jayme Davis, the sister of victim, Julee Davis.
The large extended family of Julee and Festus have custody of couple’s children, Cadence and his younger sister, Adaleigh, who was not in the car at the time.
Pagano was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of he crashed a stolen truck, head-on into the couples car.
“Selfish is not a big enough word for what this killer did. He took the lives of a 2-year-old boy’s parents. He shattered the little boy’s body and the lives of his grandparents and extended family,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “But here is all you need to know about this guy: A month after his meth-fueled collision, when asked by law enforcement about killing two people, this amoral, self-loving destroyer of a young family said, ‘People die every day. I don’t care about them, I only care about myself.’ And that is all. No prison term would be too long for him.”
Cadence sustained more than 100 fractures and wasn’t expected survive. “That first photo of him in a cast?” Jayme held back tears and continued, “It’s the hardest because nobody has the right to intoxicate themselves and drive.”
Jayme said while Pagano didn’t say anything in court, he cried most of the time. “He’s sitting there now, two years sober and he realizes. I hope he realizes,” she said. She may have lost her sister, but Jayme believes her nephew Cadence has a bigger message to carry on; even if he doesn’t realize it.
“He keeps me going! And he gives a lot of people hope and hope is an amazing thing to have nowadays because it’s a tough world out here.”
“We got what we wanted. We got justice for them — for those who can’t speak and be here with us and for Cadence,” said Jayme Davis, the sister of Julee Davis.
“It’s super healing, I think for all of us because Cadence shouldn’t be here with us, and to watch him grow and be as happy as he can? I think it gives us all strength,” said Davis.
Cadence is now three-and-a-half, and while he doesn’t fully grasp what happened, his family puts it in terms that make perfect sense to him. If you ask him where his parents are, he will tell you they are in heaven with Jesus.
The verdict more than a year-and-a-half later was the outcome the family was hoping for, but the pain will always be there. “Festus always talked about building a car for Cadence when he turned 16. Julee won’t be there to see her get married. It’s little things that you think about,” she said. Despite losing her sister, Jayme Davis says she can forgive. She plans to address Pagano at his sentencing,
“There’s some things I’m going to say to him that I’m going to think about the next month and a half. But I forgive him… I do. I mean in my heart, I have to because I can’t let that eat me up.” While seeing the children grow has helped the family heal, they also credit the kindness of strangers. Julee and Festus had just moved to Colorado and barely had time to settle in before they were killed.
“I don’t believe you have to know somebody to care. It’s just one of those things,” Davis said. “All the people on the scene, there were many witnesses that saw things people shouldn’t have to see and those that helped? We thank you.” That includes everyone from members of the Franktown Fire Department to a passerby named Guy.
“He was the one who pretty much brought Cadence back to us. He got him out of the car seat. He knew what he was doing. There were off-duty nurses who put blankets around Cadence — there was a lot of love at that scene,” she said.
The families of Julee and Festus hope their story reminds others of the consequences of drinking and driving.
READ FULL STORY from July 17, 2020 at 3:47 pm HERE