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2-day seminar provides opioid education to Steamboat area medical care providers

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Mountain Medical, the Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership and Rocky Mountain Health Plans are teaming up to host a two-day educational event, Routt Providers Unite to Decrease Opioid Dependence, on May 18 and 19 at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs. 

Organizer Nancy Beste, who owns and operated Mountain Medical Injury and Pain Professionals, said the seminars are tailored for members of the medical community who will be able to earn continuing medical education credits thanks to a partnership with Rocky Mountain Health Plans. However, Beste said members of the public who want to learn more about opioids are more than welcome to take part in some, or all, of the seminars.

“It’s been designed for medical providers, but it’s open for anyone,” Beste said. “We are not going to turn anybody away, and we will feed them. We want more educated people out there, so that everything works better.”

The seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a presentation, “Breakin’ Good or Breakin Bad?: The Cannabis Conundrum,” in CMC’s Allbright Auditorium. Dr. Steve Wright will cover topics around the use of medical marijuana and its future in medicine. The event will include free pizza.

The seminar continues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at CMC. Speakers will include doctors Steve Wright, Judith Toney, Brian Siegel and Dave Wilkinson; physicians assistants Ken Davis, Jonathan Karsten and Beste; psychotherapists Erika Hoy, Katie Brydon, Carmen Iacino and Jasmine Arande; and Hunter Weatherly, a doctor of pharmacy.

Presenters will cover such topics as prescription drug abuse and addiction, the connection between mental health and addiction, alternative methods of pain management and trauma-integrated addiction treatment.

A free lunch will be served, and the two-day event will conclude with a panel discussion about integrating community recovery, which will begin at 3 p.m.

Davis, who serves as executive director at Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership, has run similar educational programs in the area before but said this may be the most ambitious. In the past, the programs where held during lunch or stretched for two hours. Davis hopes the program will be well received and could become a pilot program for other efforts across the region.

“I’m hoping that this will be a robust conversation,” Davis said. “My hope is that this event will help spark a bigger conversation among our health care providers and in our community.”

He gave credit to Beste for expanding on what has been done in the past and to Rocky Mountain Health Plans for providing the opportunity for area medical providers to earn the continuing education credits they need to become accredited or to keep their accreditations.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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