About the Office of Drug Strategy

The Denver Office of Drug Strategy (DODS) is an integral part of the Denver Department of Human Services. The Denver Office of Drug Strategy Drug was created in August 2000 to help serve the residents of Denver, Colorado to offer resources on substance abuse and addiction. The primary role of this office is to implement the strategic plan developed by the Drug Strategy Commission that addresses substance abuse education , prevention, intervention, treatment, and evaluation.


Our Mission: The mission of the Denver Drug Strategy Commission and the Office of Drug Strategy is to promote improvements in the access and quality of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services, and to impact priority substance use and abuse issues.
Our Vision: Prevention Works; Treatment is Effective; and Recovery Happens.

What is the Drug Strategy Plan?
A set of measurable goals, objectives and outcomes that will reduce the causes and consequences of substance abuse in Denver over the next five years in an efficient and cost-effective manner.   It is estimated that more than 1,300 persons in Denver wanting treatment who are unable to obtain services due to a lack of capacity in the treatment system.   Plan will bridge the treatment gap by creating roughly 270 new units of treatment every year for the next five years.  This plan it is not an exhaustive list of all we might do to tackle Denver’s substance abuse problems.  We know that there is much that needs to be done to effectively address substance abuse in Denver.  It is, however, the critical next step for the city that will enable us to have a sustained, cumulative and meaningful impact on substance abuse issues over the long term.

How did we decide upon these goals and objectives? 
This has been a true community process.  A now 27-member appointed commission has driven this planning effort, guided by 120 volunteers, service providers and neighborhood leaders who have participated in ongoing sub-committee meetings as well as the 500+ community members who provided feedback through a series of public meetings held throughout the City & County of Denver this past spring.  The plan models the community processes that have successfully driven Greenprint Denver, the Crime Commission and Denver’s Road Home. 

What are the costs of substance abuse on our community? 
There are both human and economic costs-more than one in ten members of our community over the age of 12 reports a substance abuse problem.  Substance abuse degrades our community and increases the need for social services.  It contributes to violence, crime, loss of housing, unintended pregnancies, communicable diseases and low performance in school and the workplace.
The costs of substance abuse adversely impact the city and place a significant burden on our essential services.