National speaker visits Lafayette to talk about opioid use


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s no secret opioids are addictive and even dangerous. But are these medications really the best solution to treat pain from a broken ankle or bad back?

The Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County hosted a national speaker to address the issue Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Don Teater talked about opioid prescriptions for acute pain. He said evidence shows better results can be achieved when pain is treated with nonopioid alternatives.

Teater will be talking to area doctors and other medical professionals in the next few days about how they can help.

“The CDC calls this an epidemic,” Teater said. “In any epidemic, there’s a vector that’s spreading the disease. In this case, it’s the medical profession. So, we’ve got tens of thousands of people dying every year, and we can control it by prescribing fewer opioids.”

Teater will talk Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Kathryn Weil Center on Salem Street and again on Friday at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. at IU Heath Arnett Hospital.