Substance Use Disorder & Chronic Pain

1st and 3rd Thursdays 
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET / 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT / Noon-1:00 p.m. MT  
11:00 a.m.-Noon PT / 10:00-11:00 a.m. AK

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The epidemic of SARS COV-2 (COVID-19) virus has had a stark impact on both health care practitioners and patients. American Indian communities have been disproportionately affected since patient access to pain and addiction services has been severely curtailed. Drug treatment services are less accessible, and illicit drug distribution patterns have also changed.  The stress of ongoing physical isolation, fear, grief, and lack of access to usual support have led many Americans, including health practitioners, to increase their use of substances: opioids/heroin, alcohol, and methamphetamine. 

The Substance Use Disorders and Chronic Pain TeleECHO will provide comprehensive pain education to healthcare professionals, including pain assessment, non-pharmacological, pharmacological and interventional approaches, and addiction and overdose prevention as we move forward in the time of COVID-19.

This program is supported and funded by the Indian Health Service, but open to all.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers 
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Nurses


Topic Date Presenter(s)
No Session 01/07/2021
Treatment for Pain: Non-Pharmacologic and Non-Interventional Modalities 01/21/2021 Snehal Bhatt, MD; Stephanie Baca, MD

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