What We Do

The Mesa County Opioid Response Group, facilitated by Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), identifies strategies to address opioid use in our community and implements the supporting resources required to meet those needs.
Goals of the group include:
  1. Prevent substance misuse through:
    • Educating community members and professional groups on safe usage and disposal of medications, youth prevention, treatment options for substance use disorder and the overdose reversal medication, Naloxone.
    • Educating medical providers on safe prescribing guidelines and alternatives to opioids for pain management.
    • We have added two new medication disposal boxes in locations on the eastern and western ends of the valley.
  2. Improve treatment access & retention
    • Provided training and networking opportunity to 92 local primary care medical professionals and behavioral health providers to address referrals to behavioral health treatment and coordination of care between primary care and behavioral health.
    • Expanding access to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.
    • Building up recovery support services in Mesa County.
  3. Reduce harm
    • Mesa County Opioid Response Group provides educational information and training on Naloxone and how to obtain and use the life-saving overdose reversal drug.

Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center (CCHMC), a service of Family Health West, is proud to announce they have joined the Colorado ALTO Project (alternatives to opioids), a statewide initiative that allows Colorado Emergency Departments to become part of the solution in tackling the opioid epidemic. Through a partnership with Colorado Hospital Association, CCHMC now has the ability to treat pain in ways that are proven to be effective without unnecessarily exposing patients to risks associated with highly addictive medications like opioids. The Emergency Department at CCHMC is not changing to be “opioid free”. There are patients and conditions that are appropriate to treat with opioids and do offer them if alternative therapies fail. The Emergency Department providers and staff will continue to accommodate all patients’ needs.

Community Hospital Community Hospital is committed to being part of the solution in combating the opioid addiction epidemic in our community and is participating in the Colorado Alternatives to Opioids Project (ALTO). We value patient safety, compassionate care and optimization of pain management for each of our patients. We follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the protection of our patients and our community. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with other health care providers to ensure the safest environment possible for our patients. As such, we may request medical and prescription records from other hospitals, medical offices and/or the Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. We are committed to providing high quality, personalized health care to treat individuals in a patient-centered environment.

Counseling & Education Center Counseling & Education Center (CEC) provides counseling to anyone, particularly people who do not have insurance or are underinsured.   CEC Counselors have training in a variety of approaches, such as EMDR, TF-CBT, and Solution Focused Therapy.  Counseling services can complement other addiction supports and interventions.  CEC embraces care coordination to work with other medical professionals helping individuals.

Grand Junction Housing Authority The Grand Junction Housing Authority is dedicated to the education of opioid addiction treatment and recovery. A link to opioid addiction resource information will be made available on our website, as well as  information posted in our resource center at the Housing Authority.

HomewardBound HomewardBound is the only year-round homeless shelter within a 200-mile radius that accommodates men, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Many of our guests have struggled with substance use issues.

MarillacHealth MarillacHealth uses an integrated model of care to provide a holistic approach to improving health outcomes.  Care is delivered by a team of professionals which include medical, behavioral health and dental providers, nurses, case managers and health coaches who screen, assess and develop treatment plans that are comprehensive and address mental/behavioral health and substance use disorders.  Several medical providers have been trained in medication-assisted treatment and in the very near future will begin delivering MAT for established patients struggling with an opioid use disorder.  Marillac is dedicated to reducing barriers to care and being a resource for battling the opioid crisis.

Mesa County Coroner’s Office The Mesa County Coroner’s Office responds to drug related fatalities and works with law enforcement in investigating death. We also generate and supply the data associated with these drug related fatalities to multiple agencies.

Mesa County Libraries

Circle library logo horizontal 1Mesa County Libraries are dedicated to the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community.  As opioid-related issues have become more prevalent across the country, we joined the Opioid Response Group in an effort to learn more about the issues facing our community and public institutions.  We are committed to providing our community with access to the information and resources they need to prosper.

Mesa County Department of Human Services

Mesa County Department of Human Services (DHS) ensures connection to services and support for those who need it most. DHS staff is frequently the first contact with those in need and is therefore uniquely positioned to help gain an understanding of the impact of drug use on children and families in the community.  With the implementation of the Family First Act, Child Welfare will be at the forefront of driving more upstream prevention services including substance support, earlier intervention, and more voluntary participation.

Mesa County Public Health Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) facilitates the Mesa County Opioid Response Group. MCPH completed a strategic planning process with coalition partners to inform the project goals and is collecting data from a variety of local and state partners to make data-informed decisions about solutions. MCPH also works directly with medical and dental prescribes to provide education on safe prescribing guidelines.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is an innovative agency striving to better the community and find creative ways to manage increasing crime rates and jail populations.  They patrol, respond to emergencies, and fight wildland fires in an area that encompasses more than 3300 square miles. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office office also provides security at the courthouse and runs the Mesa County Detention Facility.


Mesa County Workforce Center The Mesa County Workforce Center is a division within the Department of Human Services.  We are a One-Stop Shop designed to efficiently serve the needs of businesses and job seekers in an effort to promote economic development, vitality and meaningful employment. Our no-cost services, which include assessments, workshops, recruitment assistance, business services and much more, continue to propel our community into the future with education, training and resources invaluable in making our community prosperous and globally competitive.

Mind Springs Health Mind Springs Health has robust clinical support for individuals impacted by the opioid crisis.  We offer prevention and support groups for family members of someone with an Opioid Use Disorder as well as many therapy programs for the individual with substance use concerns.   A peer recovery coach may help determine what services are most appropriate.  We also offer a Residential Treatment program for women who need inpatient care and treatment for up to 90 days.

Peer Assistance Services, Inc. Peer Assistance Services, Inc. is dedicated to quality, accessible intervention and prevention services in workplaces and communities, focused on substance use and related issues. The All-In Colorado program provides substance abuse prevention information and technical assistance to employers statewide. Peer Assistance Services, Inc. is also proud to provide One Step Ahead, which provides information and resources to parents and caregivers in Colorado to help increase their knowledge and influence their role as substance abuse prevention agents for their children.

Primary Care Partners Primary Care Partners is a family practice medical group that is actively engaged in assisting patients with managing and improving control of pain and reduction of opioid use.  The practice offers embedded behavioral health specialists (including a licensed and experienced CAC), an-going 6-week pain clinic focused on mindfulness techniques, multidisciplinary approaches to pain management, and goal-directed reduction in opioids for pain control.  Referrals are available for on-site physical therapy, behavioral health services, dietician, and smoking cessation.  MAT therapy and group support are in development stages.

Quality Health Network Quality Health Network’s unique technologies are helping to reduce the effects of the nationwide opioid crisis by providing Single Sign-On access to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Providers can easily access critical information about a patient’s prescription drug usage to better treat substance abuse disorders.

RCWC RCWC is a Western Colorado recovery network that focuses on peer recovery coaching and peers in recovery. We welcome all of those impacted by recovery regardless of where they are in their journey or if they’re the ones personally recovering. We offer a myriad of resources and contacts readily available for those who need it the most with open arms and open hearts. Our aim is to provide help for all types of recovery.

Rise Above Colorado Rise Above Colorado’s vision is to empower youth to lead a life free of drug misuse. Utilizing best practices for positive youth development, public awareness, and community engagement, Rise Above Colorado connects with youth through digital and social media campaigns as well as complementary educational resources focused on prevention and positive social norming messages. The free, standards-based Not Prescribed lesson uses science and real-life stories to emphasize the risks involved with misusing prescription drugs and practice the skills to rise above.  RAC works in partnership with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, the AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Program (CORP), and local organizations across the state, to prevent youth misuse of prescription drugs.

School District 51 School District 51 believes that supporting students who struggle with substance use is essential to creating long term health that leads to academic success.  The Pathways Program offers a 5-day comprehensive cognitive restructuring experience to teach students effective coping skills, introduce them to brain regulation and therapeutic interventions.  We are committed to providing our learners with every opportunity to be happy, healthy, well educated young adults.

The Steadman Group The Steadman Group is a woman-owned health care consulting firm. JK Costello works on population health for addictions, primarily in rural areas. He helps communities create recovery-oriented systems of care for people with all types of substance use problems.

St. Mary’s Medical Center Emergency Department St. Mary’s Medical Center Emergency Department with support from SCL Health has joined the Colorado ALTO Project to Reduce Opioid Administration in Emergency Departments. Our goal is to improve pain management for our patients and return them to maximum quality of life while also recognizing and controlling the inherent risks of prescribing highly addictive medications like opioids. The St. Mary’s Medical Center Emergency Department Staff is dedicated to understanding and responding appropriately to our patients’ physical and emotional symptoms of pain in addition to taking steps to help the community combat the opioid epidemic.

StartYourRecovery.org startyourrecovery.org provides helpful information for people who are dealing with substance use issues – and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and we aim to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery.

Summit View Treatment Center Summit View Treatment Center provides a wide variety of treatment services for those struggling with addiction. Utilizing validated clinical assessments, each individual is evaluated to determine the appropriate intensity of treatment, and specifically the needs to address for sustained sobriety. We offer a continuum of care ranging from residential to transitional living. This includes helping individuals develop the structure and skills needed for successful sober living in the community and providing outpatient treatment with a variety of intensities. Because treatment is individualized, treatment length is based on individual progression, not sessions attended. Treatment services utilize the following elements:

  • Cognitive-behavioral group therapy: therapy services that focus on a person’s behavior and thought processes for long-term, sustainable change.
  • Motivational Enhancement techniques: assisting and engaging the individual throughout the recovery process.
  • Positive Reinforcement: focusing on positive behavioral changes and compliance.
  • Family Involvement: providing support systems with information and assistance in creating a supportive recovery environment.
  • Relapse Prevention Techniques: providing skills and knowledge to effectively cope with high-risk situations and emotions.
  • Substance Testing: utilizing up-to-date and timely technologies to effectively monitor and intervene if necessary.
  • Case Management: providing a single point of contact, client-centered, and long-term monitoring.
  • Multidisciplinary Team: working together with individuals and agencies to coordinate and compliment each other’s efforts. 

United Way of Mesa County At United Way of Mesa County, our Community Health goal is that people are connected to regular, quality health services. Our strategy to achieve that goal is to strengthen the integration of health services and remove barriers to quality care.

Voices for Awareness Voices for Awareness Foundation attends events nationwide to promote community awareness by sharing personal stories of loss and the effects of addiction and self-harm to prevent others from losing their lives to such causes. As a not-for-profit foundation, we speak on the dangers of counterfeit drugs and their prevalence in our world today. Voices for Awareness recognizes that harm reduction, education, and legislation related to our public health crisis are areas of concern for community and nationwide. Voices for Awareness is committed to bringing positive change with their awareness initiatives and through their collaborations with other organizations to combat this public health crisis.

Western Colorado Area Health Education Center Western Colorado Area Health Education Center challenges the ever-growing opioid epidemic through prevention education.  Our main focus is provider, community, and youth awareness.  We have also partnered with AmeriCorps to add a representative whose position is to help educate about opioid and substance abuse, and its impact on the community.

Western Colorado Community Foundation The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) promotes charitable giving by connecting donors with ways to improve lives in our community.  Through grants and other resources, WCCF works with nonprofits to provide leadership and funding to address issues like substance/opioid use, hunger, homelessness and other problems that impact the seven counties we serve.

Western Colorado Health Network Mesa Western Colorado Health Network (WCHN) is a community-based nonprofit that provides case management and prevention services to HIV-positive individuals and those at risk of HIV contraction in 22 counties along the Western Slope of Colorado.


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International Overdose Awareness Day Event


Colorado Mesa University Community Education Event


What Can You Do

Over 50% of people get opioid prescription medications from a family member or friend.  Safe storage and disposal of your prescriptions is important.  It keeps medications out of the hands of your children, family or friends.  It also protects our water supply and our pets. You can purchase kits to securely store your medication at lockmed.com or your local pharmacy.  Dispose of your medications at one of these secure drop box locations:


Medications may be disposed at the following locations: 

  • Canyon View Pharmacy
    2373 G Rd STE 120
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:30pm
    Saturday 9am-6pm
    *Does not accept syringes, liquids and propellants.
  • Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center
    228 N Cherry St.
    Fruita, CO. 81521
    Mon-Fri 7:30am-8pm
  • DeBeque Town Marshal
    380 Curtis Ave.
    DeBeque CO 81630
    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
  • Grand Valley Oncology
    2596 Patterson Rd.
    Grand Junction, CO 81505
    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
  • Palisade Pharmacy
    707 Elberta Ave. STE. B
    Palisade,CO 81526
    Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:30pm
    Saturday 9am-5pm
  • St. Marys Hospital (Garage Entrance)
    2635 N 7th St.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    Open 24 hours
    *Does not accept syringes
  • VA Hospital
    2121 North Ave.
    Grand Junction, CO 81501
    In the Main Lobby, next to the Pharmacy Window
    Open 24 Hours
  • Walgreens
    240 W Park Dr.
    Grand Junction CO 81505
    Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
    Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-6pm
    *Only accepts over the counter and non-narcotic prescriptions.

The hazardous waste disposal facility at the Mesa County Landfill will accept prescriptions medications. They do not take controlled substances, however, you can buy an envelope for $5.00 from them that is prepaid and you can send off your controlled substances that way. They are open Thursday – Saturday 0800-1630.


Click here to learn more about safe use, storage and disposal of opioid prescriptions.

16% of Mesa County High School students report misusing an opioid prescription medication that was not prescribed to them by a doctor. Learn how to start a conversation about substance use  prevention with your youth at speaknowcolorado.org.
Find additional information on Tips for Teens at  https://store.samhsa.gov/series/tips-teens.
Refer your youth to Rise Above Colorado for information provided by youth for youth.
Naloxone is a medication that saves lives by reversing drug overdoses caused by opioids. When a person has overdosed on opioids, their breathing will slow and could stop. Naloxone will reverse the effect of the opioid and allow a person to resume breathing. Naloxone can reverse an overdose within minutes of being administered, providing time to seek medical attention. Naloxone temporarily reverses an overdose so it is essential to seek medical attention also. Since 2015, consumers in Colorado have been able to buy Naloxone from participating pharmacies without getting a prescription.*

If you would like to get involved contact Charity Weir at charity.weir@mesacounty.us