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Regional Opioid Abatement Council

Regional Opioid Council 

The MOU requires each region to create a “Regional Council” to help distribute these funds toward appropriate uses, including drug treatment; recovery; prevention and education; and appropriate harm reduction programs. Per the requirements of the Colorado MOU, this council will develop a two-year plan that identifies how the Opioid Funds will be used.

The Douglas County Regional Opioid Council is composed of the following voting members:

  • Abe Laydon, Douglas County Commissioner
  • Chief Kevin Duffy, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mike Hill, Douglas County Health Department Executive Director
  • Dan Makelky, Douglas County Human Services Director
  • Chief Jim Tsurapas, Parker Police Department
  • Doug Gray, 18th Judicial District Probation
  • Councilman Roger Hudson, Castle Pines City Council
  • Chief Kirk Wilson, Lone Tree Police Department
  • Commander Tim Gorman, Castle Rock Police Department
  • Councilman Ruben Medina, Aurora City Council
  • Thomas Byrnes, 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
  • Tarissa Vincent, South Metro Fire and Rescue

Any questions about the Douglas County Regional Opioid Abatement Council or its process may be sent to [email protected]

Meeting Agendas and Minutes are available by clicking here.

Meeting Information

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Meeting agendas and minutes are available by clicking here.


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In 2020-2021, opioid settlements were reached nationwide with Johnson & Johnson and the nation’s three largest drug distribution companies to resolve claims by state and local governments that these companies contributed to the opioid epidemic.

In August 2021, after 18 months of discussions, the Colorado Attorney General and local government leaders agreed to a joint framework for distributing the funds Colorado stands to receive from litigation settlements. All 64 counties and almost all municipalities signed onto the Colorado Opioids Summary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that established how opioid funds were to be divided and distributed within the State of Colorado. The broad participation by local governments ensured Colorado will receive its maximum share of funding from legal settlements.

The settlements will be distributed according to a formula spelled out in the MOU: 10% to the State (State Share); 20% directly to participating local governments (LG Share); 10% to specific abatement infrastructure projects; and 60% directly to Regions (Regional Share). Douglas County and its municipalities are considered their own region—Region 12—within the state’s framework.

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