House Bill 22-1326 (Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention) contains a number of measures to address synthetic opiates, including changing the criminal penalties associated with synthetic opiates; using a substance abuse assessment to direct appropriate treatment at sentencing; providing opiate antagonists and synthetic opiate detection tests; providing treatment for persons in the criminal justice system; developing a fentanyl prevention and education campaign; and providing funding for substance use and harm reduction. Part 14 of the bill calls for an independent study to examining the implementation and impact of the bill.
The project aims to lay a strong foundation for the independent study of HB 22-1326 by developing a study analysis plan, grounded in background research and a robust stakeholder engagement process. Development of the analysis plan will be rooted in evidence-based decision-making, which focuses on the intersection of the best available research evidence, decision-makers’ expertise, and constituent needs and context.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
University of Denver, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab