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Health professionals and anyone interested in learning about “Practical Tools for Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain” can register for a free seminar on June 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 224 E. Fourth St., Salida.

Medical experts will present TED-style talks related to prescribing, legality, abuse and safety surrounding opioid use, followed by a panel discussion on Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT).

Presentations will include “Clinical Pearls for Safe Opioid Prescribing” by Steven Wright; “Laws, Regulations and Guidelines” and “Tools for Safe Prescribing and Monitoring: OpiSafe,” both by Robert Valuck; “Abuse and Diversion” by Lesley Brooks; and “Tools for Education and Consultation: ECHO Colorado” by Korrine Thomas.

Brooks will moderate a panel discussion about Medication Assisted Therapy with presenters Denise Vincioni of Denver Recovery Group, Joshua Blum and Wright.

Mike Orrill, regional health connector for Chaffee County Public Health, said Chaffee and neighboring counties are not immune to the national problem of opioid abuse, which, according to the U.S. surgeon general, affects 2.1 million Americans.

“We are attempting to address this issue by offering to the medical community and other interested community members an incredible educational/awareness opportunity,” Orrill said. It will be ideal for medical providers, including physicians, pharmacists, behavioral health providers, dentists, nurses, public health professionals and others.

Registration is free and includes dinner and continuing education credit opportunities for health professionals. The event is sponsored by Chaffee County Public Health, Colorado Chronic Opioid Symposium, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and the public health departments of Custer, Fremont and Lake counties.

To register, visit the Eventbrite website at For more information, contact Orrill at