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Demand specific solutions from candidates who want to represent you. Do they have concrete plans that address the reality of fentanyl today? 

What Is Our Plan for Opioid Settlement Funds?
Colorado is receiving more than $700 million in opioid settlement funds over 18 years to combat the epidemic caused by opioids, including fentanyl.

Find Colorado communities’ plans on this interactive map.

See what Mayor Yemi Mobolade says


Here’s what you need to know right now:

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid, 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and up to 50 times more potent than heroin.

Fentanyl is added to other drugs to make them stronger. It can be found in cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, molly/MDMA, and other drugs. Illegal drug makers also use fentanyl to create counterfeit pills that look like real medication.

A fatal dose of fentanyl is small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil.

Prescription pills purchased online or on the street are often fakes made with fentanyl.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, 6 out of 10 contained a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.

You cannot overdose on fentanyl by just touching it. Airborne or skin exposure is not a realistic threat, but injecting or ingesting it is.

Fentanyl overdoses happen fast. Naloxone is medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.
It’s safe, legal, and available as an easy-to-use nasal spray. Also known by the brand names Narcan and Kloxxado, naloxone works by temporarily blocking the effects of opioids. Ensuring it’s nearby and administering it the right way can save a life.

Download the OpiRescue App to have all the information with you when you need it. The app enables you to recognize an overdose, administer naloxone to reverse an overdose, find pharmacies that carry naloxone, and more.

You can make a difference! Through the OpiRescue app, 927 lives have been saved since 2018.

If you suspect an overdose, click here for instructions.



A 2022 survey found that 45% of Colorado teens had talked to a parent or guardian about the risks of fentanyl and contaminated pills. Read about the findings here.

Have you had the talk? 

Learn how to talk to teens about fentanyl here.

When they have trusted adults in their lives who can help with challenges, youth are less likely to experience poor mental health and engage in unhealthy behaviors like substance misuse, according to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. Connection for young people can come in many different forms: It includes relationships with parents, friends, extended family members, and trusted adults like coaches and teachers.

Still wondering about how to have the talk at your home?

Here’s a video to give you confidence.


Teachers and other adults who work with young people can inform youth about fentanyl, the increased risks of prescription drug and other substance misuse, and tips on how to stay safe. Take action by:

  • Connecting youth to important information about fentanyl here.
  • Educating youth about the dangers of prescription drug misuse, including fentanyl and contaminated drugs, and empowering them to make healthy decisions and support their peers.  More than 15,000 Colorado youth built their knowledge and skills through this lesson last year.
  • Ensuring all school staff are ready to respond to a fentanyl-related emergency.
    • What school personnel have access to naloxone on campus?
    • Are teachers and students allowed to carry naloxone?
    • Has your school hosted a training on how to use naloxone for staff, students, and parents?

Experts from around the state created a new resource to help school districts obtain and deploy Narcan, the nasal spray form of naloxone.

About Us

Rise Above Colorado is a statewide prevention organization that measurably impacts teen perceptions and attitudes about the risks of substance misuse to empower youth to make healthy connections, decisions, and change.

In response to the fentanyl epidemic that is driving overdose deaths among Coloradans of all ages, Rise Above Colorado is partnering with experts and organizations who share our goal of raising awareness of the issue to drive dialogue and preparedness among individuals and communities.


News & Events

Naloxone will be available over the counter at stores nationwide
17 people charged with fentanyl distribution resulting in death in Colorado
Colorado Congresswoman Brittany Pettersen fights opioid epidemic with push to screen mail for fentanyl
As more teens overdose on fentanyl, schools face a drug crisis unlike any other
EDITORIAL: Fentanyl shows no signs of relenting
Facing new drug reality, Colorado lawmakers reconvene opioid committee for first time in 4 years
DEA administrator says social media companies not complying to address fentanyl crisis
Traffic stop on I-17 in Anthem ends in seizure of 56 pounds of fentanyl, meth
America’s Approach to Addiction Has Gone Off the Rails
Colorado fentanyl overdose deaths level off in 2022 with 920 dead
CBP officials seize over 1.6 million fentanyl pills days after Title 42 expires
A vending machine could save you from a drug overdose
U.S. drug overdose deaths hit a record in 2022 as some states see a big surge
Boyfriend’s Fentanyl Death Inspires Nonprofit to Battle Crisis
Colorado man arrested after large amounts of fentanyl, meth seized during traffic stop
Woman sentenced for distributing fentanyl resulting in death of D11 student
Join Forces to Save Lives Across Colorado
Year-long DEA operation seizes almost 900K fentanyl doses
Colorado Springs couple sentenced to over 20 years in prison for causing toddler’s fatal fentanyl overdose
Colorado lawmakers defeat bill to add penalties for drug dealers linked to fatal overdoses
Cañon City man found with 3k fentanyl pills then freed by low bond re-arrested by CBI
Polis signs bill that expands immunity protections for people who report overdoses
State law not stopping all fentanyl dealers after harsher penalties
Both Colorado Springs mayoral candidates share views on how to reduce fentanyl’s death toll
Mother pleads guilty to child abuse resulting in death for daughter’s fentanyl overdose
Concertgoers Allowed to Carry Narcan Into Some Festivals. Will It Help Save Lives?
DEA says fentanyl mixed with sedative approved for veterinary use found in Colorado
4,000-plus fentanyl pills, other narcotics seized in northeast Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs residents react to bust of thousands of deadly pills in their neighborhood
Teen overdose deaths have doubled in three years. Blame fentanyl.
Report finds fentanyl to blame for dramatic increase in overdose deaths among Latinos
Teachers learn to administer Narcan amid opioid crisis
Colorado Springs woman pleads guilty in teenager’s fentanyl death
Colorado Springs couple found guilty of causing toddler’s fatal fentanyl overdose