“Access to effective treatment for addiction and mental illness is transformative for Indigenous people who are disproportionately affected. The pharmacists and other health care providers participating in the ECHO are always enthusiastic and motivated to do the next right thing.”
Dr. James Gasper, PharmD, BCPP, completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center followed by a post-graduate residency at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and also in psychiatric pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco. James spent the first 10 years of his career with the San Francisco Department of Public Health in both specialty mental health and substance use disorder treatment settings. He helped establish buprenorphine in primary care and pharmacy-based methadone maintenance for the city’s indigent population.
Since leaving San Francisco, James has relocated to the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Using his past experience, he has helped close the gap in access to addiction treatment in his rural community by setting up primary care-based buprenorphine treatment programs locally. He is also a consultant for the National Clinician Consultation Center Substance Use Warmline, providing expertise to health care providers across the country.
Pharmacy SUD ECHO Program
James is faculty with the Advancing Pharmacist Roles in Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Teams ECHO Program, which is designed to equip pharmacists, pharmacy staff, and other healthcare professionals with the necessary tools to effectively assume a critical role in SUD prevention, education, and assistance.