American medical providers have greatly increased their prescribing of opioids over the past 20 years. Despite this increase in prescribing, we have more people suffering from pain than ever before. Can it be that opioids are actually causing this increase in pain? Also, with this increase in prescribing we have rapidly increasing numbers of people dying from opioid overdose. Literature has shown that prescribers receive little education on the treatment of pain which has resulted in less effective pain treatment with worse outcomes. Attendees will learn the important aspects of evaluation and treatment of both acute and chronic pain. Attendees will also learn why opioids often make pain better in the short term but worse in the long term and effective non-opioid treatments to result in better outcomes in their patients. 


Donald Teater, MD

Medical Advisor
National Safety Council
Medical Provider
Mountain Area Recovery Center
Ashville, North Carolina
Medical Provider
Meridian Behavioral Health Services
Waynesville, North Carolina View Full Bio



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Bell County Health Department. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

This training has been approved by the KBML as meeting the statutory requirements of HB1.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge


UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 2.00 hours of participation.


This live course meets regulatory requirements for 2.00 hours credit as permitted by 201 KAR 8:532 for dentists and 201 KAR 8:562 for dental hygienists.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and Bell County Health Department.