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Colorado PDMP Training and Legislative Update Webinar

August 23, 2022

August 7, 2022

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) invites you to a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Training and Legislative Update webinar. The webinar will include training and resources regarding registration and use of the Colorado PDMP and will discuss several statutory changes that take effect in 2022.

  • Who?  Prescribers, pharmacists, delegate PDMP users, and other stakeholders

  • What?  PDMP training and education session regarding PDMP registration requirements, use of the PDMP, delegate registration and use of the PDMP, and program updates due to recent legislation.

  • Where?  Virtual - register here

  • When? August 23, 2022; noon

  • Why?  Recent legislation made several statutory changes to the Colorado PDMP that take effect in 2022, including updates concerning delegate access and statutory requirements that prescribers query the PDMP before writing certain opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions.

If you are unable to attend this webinar, a recording will be posted to the DORA PDMP Training webpage at

Legislative Updates

Colorado Senate Bill 22-027 and House Bill 22-1115 enact several statutory updates regarding the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that take effect in 2022:

  • SB 22-027 clarifies that all DEA-licensed prescribers and all pharmacists licensed in Colorado are required to register and maintain a user account with the Colorado PDMP.

  • HB 22-1115 removes restrictions on the number of delegate users a DEA-licensed practitioner or pharmacist may authorize to query the PDMP on the prescriber’s or pharmacist’s behalf. This change takes effect August 9, 2022.  

  • SB 22-027 and HB 22-1115 clarify that each practitioner or the practitioner's delegate is required to query the PDMP prior to prescribing an opioid unless the patient receiving the prescription:

    • Is receiving the opioid in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, residential facility, or correctional facility;

    • Has been diagnosed with cancer and is experiencing cancer-related pain;

    • Is undergoing palliative care or hospice care;

    • Is experiencing post-surgical pain that, because of the nature of the procedure, is expected to last more than fourteen days;

    • Is receiving treatment during a natural disaster or during an incident where mass casualties have taken place; or

    • Has received only a single dose to relieve pain for a single test or procedure.

  • SB 22-027 and HB 22-1115 clarify that each practitioner or the practitioner's designee shall query the program before prescribing a benzodiazepine to a patient unless the benzodiazepine is prescribed to treat a patient:

    • In hospice;

    • To treat epilepsy, a seizure or seizure disorder, a suspected seizure disorder, spasticity, alcohol withdrawal, or a neurological condition, including a posttraumatic brain injury or catatonia.

PDMP Task Force Annual Report

SB 22-027 requires the PDMP Task Force to evaluate and make recommendations to the DORA Executive Director, after engaging in a stakeholder process, regarding balancing the PDMP as a health care tool with the enforcement of PDMP statutory requirements.

For the 2021-2022 PDMP Task Force Annual Report, the DORA Executive Director requested that the PDMP Task Force:

  • Evaluate the Effects of Allowing Law Enforcement Access to PDMP data without Requiring a Subpoena or Court Order

  • Evaluate Effectiveness of Unsolicited Reporting to Licensing Boards of Licensees’ Prescribing Activity

The PDMP Task Force submitted its Annual Report to the Colorado General Assembly on July 1, 2022.  The report can be found at:  In the “Statutory Cite” pick list, select 12-280-409(2) to find the 2021-2022 PDMP Task Force Annual Report.



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The Healthcare Professional's Core Resources on Alcohol 

August 2, 2022

The National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Insitute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism created The Healthcare Professional's Core Resources on Alcohol for nursing providers, faculty and students. It provides information on alcohol and health, evidence-based screening and assessment tools, and up to 10.75 free CE credits for faculty and students in practice. Please consider reviewing this important toolkit and sharing it with your students in the upcoming year. You can access the materials via the link below.

About the Core Resource on Alcohol


What Are Your Special Interests and How Can CNA Help and Support You?

The CNA membership committee has come up with the following list of possible special interest groups (SIGs) that members may wish to participate in. Please take 30 seconds to complete a very quick survey letting us know what interests you have and would support. NOTE: You do not have to be practicing in any one these settings to participate in a SIG.

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
    (Advance Practice Registered Nurses that are certified as a CNS or an RN or a student that is interested in the CNS role (common CNS roles: professional development, research, leadership, direct care).)
  • Emerging Nurse Leaders
    (Nurses that are considering advancing their career in different leadership opportunities.)
  • New Graduate
    (Recently graduated nurses who are in the first 3 years of their nursing career.)
  • Nurse Educators/Professional Development
    (Ensuring the delivery of quality care to citizens by fostering and advancing the professional and educational development of nurses to the end that all people may have better nursing care.)
  • Nurse Entrepreneurs
    (Nurses interested in opening a health-related business, currently supporting their own health-related business, healthcare consulting.)
  • Nursing Research
    (Nurses interested in all levels of healthcare-related research; health-related data collection that supports evidence-based practice and policy.)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
    (Advance Practice Registered Nurse or RN interested in taking care of the pediatric population and their families in an acute or primary care setting.)
  • Public Health
    (Nurses interested in the practice of promoting and protecting the health of populations through education and treatment.)
  • Rural Nursing
    (Nurses who work in sparsely populated and underserved geographical locations, including support for the unique challenges of rural care.)
  • School Nurses
    (School nurses helping students to be healthy, safe, and ready to learn, including aspects of physical and mental health.)
  • Women's Health
    (For RNs and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who specialize in women's healthcare from adolescence through the lifespan in acute and outpatient settings.)
  • Workplace Advocacy
    (Nurses interested in improving the workplace environment including areas such as violence, safe staffing and risk management.)

If a group meets the minimum threshold of interested members, CNA will work to create that group. We need your input and your participation!


Help Nurses and Victims of the torrential rain and flooding in Kentucky

August 2, 2022

Torrential rain has pounded eastern Kentucky from Friday, July 29th to the present resulting, in massive flooding causing immense devastation, loss of life, personal property, and uncertainty. Because of the flooding, it has been reported that currently more than 30 people have died, and many are unaccounted for.

ANA supports our nurses personally and professionally impacted by this tragedy and their families. ANA has been in contact with our leaders of the Kentucky Nurses Association and supports its leaders, their families, and members. As nurses and communities recover from the devastating effects, here are some ways you can help.

Emergency funds

To provide relief for RNs and individuals within the impacted communities, who have suffered loss or damages from the flooding, the Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA) and its charitable arm, the Kentucky Nurses Foundation (KNF) have set up a Flood Relief Fund. The fund accepts tax-deductible donations with the sole purpose of helping provide much-needed supplies to the communities in need.

  • You can donate to the Flood Relief Fund here.

Volunteer opportunities

To volunteer, learn about eligibility in the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Mental health support

For crisis counseling, SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential support to those experiencing emotional distress. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 or visit

Other resources

Visit ANA's Disaster Relief web page for information.


Upcoming District Events

DNA 3 Coffee Social - August 27, 2022

(DNA 3 includes: Colorado Springs Area including the cities of Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Parker, Sedalia, Peyton, and Woodland Park.) 

DNA 9 Meeting - 3rd Thursday of each month

(DNA 9 includes: Fort Collins and surrounding area including the cities of Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, and Bellvue. This district includes Larimer County and also includes those members who were formerly in DNA 8)

DNA 16 Personal Care Product Party - September 13, 2022

(DNA 16 includes: East Metro Denver including the cities of Denver, Aurora, Englewood, and Centennial. This district includes the following counties: Denver, Arapahoe, and parts of Adams and Douglas.)

DNA 20 Meeting3rd Wednesday of each month (starting September 21, 2022)

(DNA 20 includes: West Metro Denver and the foothills area including the cities of Lakewood, most of Arvada, Golden, Evergreen, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and Idaho Springs. This district includes the following counties: Jefferson, Clear Creek, Summit, Gilpin, parts of Douglas and Arapahoe)


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