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In this session, guest speaker Dr. Don Teater share his knowledge from almost thirty years helping patients with opioid addiction. He identifies the relative effectiveness of common pain medications, describes the side effects and explains some alternative treatments for pain to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs.

Speaker: Don Teater MD, MPH

Don Teater is a family physician who has lived and worked in western North Carolina for the past 28 years. In 2004, he started a buprenorphine clinic to treat those addicted to opioids in his community.

From 2013 to mid-2016, he worked as the Medical Advisor at the National Safety Council addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse, addiction and overdose. Dr. Teater was lead facilitator for the expert panel discussion during the development of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. He continues to work as a consultant with the CDC on educating prescribers on the appropriate treatment of pain.

Since June 2016, he has continued to work nationally on the public health aspects of the opioid epidemic while seeing patients one day a week at a behavioral health clinic in Waynesville, NC.