Colorado State Laws for Substance Abuse Treatment
Colorado Rehab and Recovery Resources
Colorado Employee Rights While In Rehab
Fortunately there are federal and Colorado state laws that protect employee’s rights when seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. The National Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects disabled employees from discrimination during hiring and employment. The ADA defines disability as the following:
“[A] physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual..”
Substance addiction is considered to be a disability under the ADA, though it should be noted that employers have rights as well when it comes to termination of employment. Simply put, should one be found using while on the job, they will not qualify for protection under the Disabilities Act.
Filing for Disability in Colorado
Colorado allows residents to file for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits when unable to work because of injury or illness. In order to collect SSDI, Colorado residents must have paid into Social Security and have a work history in the state. Should one not have enough collected to date at the time reported, SSI may be an option. In order to file for disability in Colorado, a visit to a local Social Security Office to fill out paperwork and speak to an advisor is required.
The rate of denial for SSDI is actually close to 70%. The Colorado Department of Human Services provides residents with access on information specific for filing a disability claim. There are basic steps to the filing and evaluation process and sometimes a medical exam is required to verify specific disability claims. Should your claim be denied, there are steps that can be taken to resubmit a request for coverage.
Colorado Drug Statistics
According to the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care, the overdose deaths in Colorado have risen in recent years, specifically for opioid-related deaths. There was a jump in the year 2014, an increase to almost 500 deaths from about 400 the year before. The 2017 report indicates a need for the gaps in treatment available for state residents to be closed by the addition of a trained workforce. It revealed that a small amount of state spending went directly towards treating substance disorders and that there needs to be an increase in opportunities sought.
Like most other states, the percentages of individuals seeking treatment for alcohol abuse was remarkably higher than any other type of drug treatment. In the year 2015 nearly 60% of all addiction treatment admissions was for alcoholism. Marijuana abuse and methamphetamine addiction follow right behind. Heroin abuse, prescription drug addiction, and cocaine use round out the top drugs abused in the state of Colorado.
The Colorado Commission reported in the same study that the cost to the state due to alcohol and illicit drug abuse was over 4 Billion dollars during the 2015 calendar year. As a result, Colorado has begun to take steps towards cost-saving intervention plans. One such plan is the increase in funding for both methadone distribution and buprenorphine administration.
The 2013 Colorado Drug Control Update indicates that the rate of deaths directly attributed to illicit drug use was higher than the national average. Colorado does have an Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that is designed to prevent doctor shopping and drug seeking by its residents.
Addiction Rates in Colorado
Drug and alcohol addiction rates in Colorado have risen sharply during the past few years. Substance abuse does not discriminate and affects residents from every socioeconomic level across the state. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports in their 2015-2016 survey that more than 388,000 Colorado residents ages 12 and over sought and received substance abuse treatment. This is a remarkable number considering that many of these residents are well under 18 years of age. In fact, more than 21,000 were between the ages of 12 and 18. According to the data collected, it is estimated that an additional 350,000 Colorado residents in need of drug and alcohol treatment programs went without intervention. In fact, according to the data collected a mere 16% of residents seeking treatment receive it through state funding.
Rehab Programs Colorado
Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful mountains in the world as well as some of the more surprising drug addiction statistics in the nation. Colorado was recently in the news for its marijuana laws, specifically the legalization of marijuana for resident’s ages 21 and older. Colorado is also struggling with an increase in opiate related deaths and the need for rehab centers for addiction in Colorado has surged. The majority of state residents use private rehab centers as the state funded drug treatment centers are overburdened. The governing authorities have begun to take steps to change this and other deterrents to receiving proper medical intervention for substance abuse.
Colorado Drug Laws
Colorado drug possession laws work to protect residents from the dangers of illicit drug distribution and public health concerns. While Colorado is known for its stand on marijuana use and distribution, the penalties for violating possession laws is often severe. A state resident found with drugs on them in excess of permissible amounts will find themselves in front of a judge on drug charges.
Colorado has a the following Harm Reduction Programs designed to aid residents struggling with addiction issues:
- Statewide Needle Exchange. This reduces the rate of disease transmission with intravenous drug users.
- State Run Naltrexone Distribution and Training
- State Run Methadone Access
- Colorado Heroin Laws
Heroin is considered a Schedule 1 drug under Colorado’s Controlled Substances Classifications. Possession of heroin is a level 4 drug felony which can mean 6 to 12 months in jail and fines up to $500,000. Should one be found using heroin, a level 2 drug misdemeanor, the jail time is between 3-12 months and fines up to $1,000. The selling, manufacturing, distribution or dispensing of heroin in Colorado carries some of the more severe penalties. Depending on the amount and proximity to the following, the charges vary.
- Transfer of drug to minors
- Transfer on or within 1000ft of school grounds
- Transfer on or within 1000ft of public housing
- Transfer of amounts over 112g
This would be considered a Level 1 Drug Felony and carries between 8 and 32 years in jail and fines between $5000 and $1M.
Colorado Marijuana Laws
Colorado is know for becoming one of the first states to make recreational marijuana use legal. Still, there are restrictions to marijuana possession, purchasing and growing that should be understood. It is good to note that marijuana is still illegal under federal law and will carry additional penalties.
Marijuana possession and the sale of marijuana is legal in Colorado with the following caveats:
Personal Possession Petty Offenses
- Amounts over 1oz but not more than 2oz
- Open or Public display or use – less than 2oz
$100 Fines and possibility of community service
Personal Possession Drug Misdemeanors
- Amounts between 2 and 6 oz
- Amounts between 6 and 12oz
Between $750 and $5000 in fines, up to 18 months in jail
Personal Possession Level 4 Drug Felony
- 12oz or more
- Up to $100,000 in fines and 12 months in jail
Sale of Marijuana in Colorado
- Transfer of 1 oz or less – No Penalty
- Under 4 oz – up to 18 months in jail and $5000 in fines
- 4 – 12 oz – up to 12 months in jail and $100,000 in fines
- 12 oz- 5 lbs – Up to 4 years in jail and $500,000 in fines
- 5 lbs – 50 lbs – Up to 8 years in jail and $750,000 in fines
- Over 50 lbs – Up to 32 years in jail and $1 million in fines
The state of California is located in the western United States. Neighboring states include Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Home to the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau, Colorado also includes a portion of the Great Plains. Colorado is the 8th largest state and home to an estimated 5.5 million residents. The state was named after the Colorado River, which runs through it. Colorado became a state in 1876 as the 38th state in the Union. Over 400 films have been shot in Colorado as it’s topography is diverse ranging from western plains to snow covered mountains.
THE COASTLINE DIFFERENCE
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