Dr. Don Teater, a medical doctor who also holds a master’s degree in public health, will be speaking in the Prescott area this month concerning the causes of the health crisis that has shaken the nation in recent years — opioids, addiction and pain treatment.

MATFORCE, a nonprofit based in Prescott Valley with a mission to reduce substance abuse, has invited Teater to speak at the group’s Drug & Alcohol Awareness Symposium, Wednesday, May 30. Additionally, Yavapai County Community Health Services is offering several events featuring Teater the same week — in the Verde Valley and the Quad Cities — at which he will discuss prescribing opioid medications.

He is a board-certified family practitioner from western North Carolina. Since 2004, he has worked with individuals and communities to prevent and treat opioid dependence. His work also includes acting as the medical provider for the National Safety Council and developing the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Teater has also participated in the World Health Organization’s Second Technical Consultation on Drug Use and Road Safety, and he is the coauthor of the book “Treating Chronic Pain: Pill Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope.”

Through Teater Health Solutions, he educates prescribers and others on the science of opioids, as well as pain treatment and policy. He also contracts with the CDC to educate prescribers on the appropriate use of opioids for the treatment of pain, and he continues to work one day per week in North Carolina, at Meridian Behavioral Health Services, treating people afflicted by addiction.

Opportunities to hear Teater speak locally are as follows: at a breakfast event set for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 29, at the Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S. 6 St., where Teater will discuss dentists’ role in opioid prescribing. Health professionals who attend can earn 1 CEU hour.

From noon to 2 p.m. the same day, Teater will speak at the Verde Valley Medical Center, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, in Conference Room B. The target audience for his talk — Opioids, Addiction and the Treatment of Pain — is physicians, nurses, pharmacy staff, advance-practice professionals, and administrators. And from 4:30 to 6 p.m. that day, he will speak at the Cottonwood Public Library, in a community presentation in which he will discuss different types of pain and treatment options, and provide further insight into the drug-overdose crisis.

Teater will also speak from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at a breakfast event at Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, where he will discuss managing pain in dentistry. For health professionals who attend, 1 CEU hour is available.

That afternoon, Teater will speak at MATFORCE’s Drug & Alcohol Awareness Symposium, which is set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Yavapai College’s Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Building 19, Room 145, Community Room. The title of his talk at that engagement is “The Terrible Triad: Opioids, Pain and Addiction.”

For more information, contact Terri Farneti of Yavapai County Community Health Services, 928-442-5596, or email Terri.Farneti@yavapai.us.

— Information provided by Yavapai County Community Health Services