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Posted 12/21/18

Centura Health adopts opioid program Centura Health became the largest health care system in Colorado to implement the Alternative to Opioid program in December. The program creates guidelines for …

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News in a Hurry

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Centura Health adopts opioid program

Centura Health became the largest health care system in Colorado to implement the Alternative to Opioid program in December.

The program creates guidelines for health care providers designed to decrease the number of opioids ordered for patients with defined pain management needs. Centura Health staff and providers trained in the program teach colleagues at other sites, focusing on primary care, inpatient and specialty care settings in their provider network

The program was developed by the Colorado Hospital Association, in coordination with the Colorado American College of Emergency Physicians. It has resulted in a 36 percent reduction in opioid utilization in 10 Colorado emergency departments.

Residents Sought for Croke Reservoir Sub-Committee

The City of Northglenn’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is seeking individuals who are willing to share input regarding Croke Reservoir, as well as those who are interested in serving on a Croke Reservoir advisory sub-committee.

Croke Reservoir, located at Huron Street and Naiad Drive, is one of Northglenn’s three designated nature areas and the 27-acre site includes a reservoir and a nature trail.

The quiet, passive-use park space is available for fishing, walking or enjoying nature.

The board will be accepting the initial round of applications for the sub-committee through Feb. 6, 2019. Applications are available at www.northglenn.org/croke or by contacting Belia Straushein at bstraushein@northglenn.org or 303 280-7821.

Thornton wins grant to target Russian olive removal

The City of Thornton will get a $36,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado aimed at reducing the spread of invasive Russian olive trees in the city’s portion of the Big Dry Creek trail area.

The work relies on the Colorado Youth Corps Association, a statewide coalition of eight accredited corps that train youth, young adults, and veterans (ages 14-25) to work on land and water conservation projects. Corps members earn a stipend for their service and an AmeriCorps education award to use toward college or reducing student loans.

The project relies on Youth Corps chainsaw crews to remove Russian olives on eight open space parcels at Big Dry Creek. The trees out-compete native plants, interfere with natural plant succession and nutrient cycling, and are heavy water users, taxing water reserves.

Adams County, Urban Land Conservancy partner on office, housing plan

Adams County, Commerce City and the Urban Land Conservancy have purchased the former Adams County Human Services building at 72nd and Colorado Boulevard as office space for multiple nonprofit organizations, the Tri-County Health Department, the Department of Motor Vehicles and a community food bank.

The building, called South Platte Crossing, is located directly across from the E. 72nd and Colorado Boulevard Rail Station on RTD’s future N Line Commuter Rail.

The Urban Land Conservancy will also work with a housing developer to construct up to 70 units of permanently affordable rental housing on the site or potentially create a for-sale affordable housing development.

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