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Opioid, Addiction, & Pain

Opioid, Addiction, & Pain ECHO

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Christina Choate
Previous Program Coordinator 

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The goal of Opioid, Addiction, & Pain (OAP) ECHO is to help providers manage patients with chronic pain and substance use disorders. There is an ever-growing need to address this public health crisis given the increasing rate of opioid use disorders and overdoses in local communities. This ECHO series will also encourage and assist providers in becoming buprenorphine waivered to better treat opioid use disorders in an outpatient setting.

Sessions will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from noon – 1pm MST and will be led by Dr. Paula Cook and Dr. Jill Sindt who specialize in addiction medicine and pain management, respectively.


This program is open to all health care providers. Please register via the following link:

If you are interested in this series or have questions, please contact Christina Choate at We look forward to your participation!

OAP ECHO Schedule

ECHO Session Date Session Title Presenter
June 21, 2018 The Basics of Opioid, Addiction, & Pain

Drs. Paula Cook & Elizabeth Howell

July 5, 2018 Holiday Break

No ECHO Session

July 19, 2018 Pain Basics Dr. Jill Sindt
Aug 2, 2018

Opioid Prescribing to Chronic Pain Patients 


Controlled Substance Monitoring

Drs. Paula Cook & Anthony May
Aug 16, 2018

Addiction: What is it and how does it happen?

Neurobiology of Addiction

Drs. Elizabeth Howell & Tiffany Love
Sept 6, 2018 Red Flags: Screening & Diagnosing OUD in Chronic Pain Patients Drs. Paula Cook & Elizabeth Howell
Sept 20, 2018 Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, Part I Drs. David Crabtree & Rae Murphy
Oct 4, 2018 Naltrexone Drs. Paula Cook & David Crabtree
Oct 18, 2018 Psychiatric Comorbidities in OUD & Chronic Pain Dr. Steve Sugden
Nov 1st Addiction & Pain Roundtable with USARA Group discussion
Nov 15, 2018 The Concept of Reducing Harm in Addicted Patients Dr. Lauren Prest
Dec 6, 2018 Classifications of Chronic Pain Dr. Robert Jenkinson
Dec 20, 2018 Pharmacologic Treatment of Pain Dr. Jill Sindt
Jan 3, 2019 Non-Pharmacologic Pain Treatment Dr. Robert Jenkinson
Jan 17, 2019 Urine Drug Screens (UDS) Gwen McMillan & Bonnie Scott
Feb 7, 2019 Neuropathic Pain Syndromes Dr. Jill Sindt
Feb 21, 2019 Risk Mitigation in Chronic Pain Dr. Jill Sindt
March 7, 2019 Tapering Opioids Dr. Robert Jenkinson
March 21, 2019 Case Study & Discussion on Cannabis Dr. Elizabeth Howell
April 4, 2019 Opioid Use Disorder & Pregnancy Dr. Marcela Smid
April 18, 2019 Case Study & Discussion on Kratom Dr. Paula Cook & Mikayla Mills
May 2, 2019 Addiction in the Aging Population Drs. Patrick Bell & Paula Cook
May 16, 2019 Course Wrap-Up  

Past OAP ECHO Sessions


Click the "Playlist" button in the upper left corner of the video to view older sessions!


Clinical Team

Paula Cook, MD

Assistant Professor (Clinical)


Jill Sindt, MD

Assistant Professor (Clinical)


Robert Jenkinson, MD

Assistant Professor (Clinical)


Elizabeth F. Howell, MD MS

Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Clinical)