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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Federal Court Rules in Favor of DEA and Orders Production of Information from Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

DENVER - The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced today that a federal court has ordered the state of Colorado to turn over information from its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The information will aid in the ongoing investigations of two Colorado pharmacies that dispense opioids and other controlled substances. 

 “We look forward to getting this important information as soon as possible, so these ongoing investigations can move forward,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn.  “While much of the public’s focus is rightfully on the coronavirus pandemic, the opioid crisis remains a scourge on our communities, and we are committed to fighting it and enforcing the law.” 

The DEA had issued subpoenas to the PDMP in its ongoing investigations of two Colorado pharmacies that dispense opioids and other controlled substances.  Under Colorado law, pharmacies in Colorado are required to make a daily report to the PDMP of all controlled substances dispensed.  When the DEA was informed by the state that it would not provide all the data the DEA had sought, the United States Attorney’s Office filed an action in federal court requiring the state to comply with the subpoenas.  The order from the court directs the state respondents - the Colorado Board of Pharmacy and Patty Salazar, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies - to provide the data no later than May 15.

“The DEA is committed to ensuring the safety of our fellow Coloradans through investigations and regulatory oversight of those entrusted with supplying prescription drugs in our community,” said Special Agent in Charge Deanne Reuter of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  “This court order will enable us to continue to this important work moving forward.” 

This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Traskos and David Moskowitz in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.

Case No. 19-mc-00105-RM

 

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Updated April 21, 2020