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Substance Abuse Prevention

The abuse of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescribed opioids and illicit drugs continue to affect the lives of individuals and families with consequences that impact Colorado communities.

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Although the abuse of substances can be a law enforcement issue, it always a public health issue that requires ongoing prevention and intervention efforts, as well as access to treatment and recovery services.

The Office of the Attorney General continues to support various efforts to prevention and intervene with substance abuse, including the following:




  • Active participation on the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force
  • Support for the Take Meds Seriously Campaign for safe use, storage and disposal of prescribed medications.
  • Funding of substance abuse prevention through the local Boys and Girls Clubs across Colorado.
  • Investigations into criminal drug activities and prosecution of drug cases, such as:
    • Operation Chump Change netted 273 pounds of brown heroin valued at $40 million.
    • The largest civil suit settlement in the U.S. against retailers of the dangerous drug ‘Spice.
  • Training of law enforcement personnel in the laws about marijuana.
  • Marijuana education for students.

The Office of the Attorney General maintains an active partnership with:


Rx and Heroin Maps provides awareness through mapping the rise of deaths to prescription drug and heroin epidemic. Often times society loses perspective on who this is.  The fact is, these loses are everyday people we love, everywhere.


Good To Know: Marijuana in Colorado
Be Educated. Be Responsible

Speak Now Colorado
Parents Speak to Children and Youth About Substance Abuse

Take Meds Seriously Campaign
Safe Use, Safe Storage, Safe Disposal

Prevention Programs that Address Youth Marijuana Use
Using Prevention Research to Guide Prevention Practice

Colorado Marijuana Equivalency in Portion and Dosage Study, 2015
A Study of THC “Dose” of Marijuana Products

Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division Mid-Year Update, August 2015
Marijuana Licensing and Production

Colorado Office of Behavioral Health: Community Prevention

Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado 2014 

Contact Us

Colorado Office of the Attorney General
Office of Community Engagement (OCE)
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 7th Floor
Denver, CO 80203

José Esquibel
Director | Office of Community Engagement
720-508-6565 (Direct)

Taylor Hillhouse
Program Assistant
720-508-6194 (Direct)