DFM Statewide Grand Rounds - Nov 20, 2014

Pain Management Without Opioids
by Donald Teater, MD

12:30-1:30 PM
Mendota Room, Alumni Hall

This presentation is available through videoconference and streaming on our website if you are unable to attend in person.

Drug poisoning (overdose) is now the nation's leading cause of injury death, exceeding traffic accidents.  The majority of these poisonings are from prescription drugs.  Deaths due to prescription opioids nearly tripled in Dane County between 2000-2010.  In 2011, 60% of the 270 opioid-related poisoning admissions in Dane County hospitals were due to prescription opioids, not heroin.  In 2012, 1,222 (7%) of Dane County high school students reported using prescription drugs that were NOT prescribed to them by their doctor.  More than three quarters of the patients in treatment or recovery from opioid dependence reported that they started their opioid use with prescription pain medications.

The National Safety Council has appointed Donald Teater, MD of Clyde, North Carolina as Medical Advisor for the Prescription Drug Overdose Initiatives.  Dr. Teater brings three decades of medical experience to the Council’s advocacy initiatives of reducing the epidemic of deaths and injuries associated with prescription drug misuse and abuse.

In his roles as a physician, Dr. Teater has developed special interests and expertise in the areas of psychiatric services, opioid dependence treatment programs and in providing primary medical care for low-income patients. Currently the Medical Director of the Mountain Area Recovery Center, Dr. Teater has also made time for several volunteer opportunities, including medical mission trips to Honduras, presiding as the Medical Director of the Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County (North Carolina) for ten years and serving as Chairman of the medical committee for “Prescription for Safety”— a county task force addressing the issues of abuse and overdose from prescription medications.

Dr. Teater is ABFM certified and completed his MD degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Teater is enrolled in the MPH program at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Teater will conduct grand rounds presentations at all five Madison-area hospitals on the topic of alternate pain management options and clinical strategies to address issues of abuse and overdose from prescription medications.  This presentation will be available by videoconference to the upstate campuses.

This presentation is made available by a grant from Safe Communities Dane County.