Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council has appointed Donald
R. Teater of Clyde, N.C., as Medical Advisor, Prescription Drug Overdose
Initiatives. Teater brings three decades of medical experience to the Council’s
advocacy initiatives of reducing the epidemic levels of deaths and injuries
associated with prescription drug misuse and abuse. In March, NSC held a
symposium to craft a national strategy combating the issue.
In his past and present roles as a physician, Teater has
developed special interests and expertise in the areas of psychiatric services,
opioid dependence treatment programs and providing primary medical care for
low-income patients. Currently the Medical Director of the Mountain Area
Recovery Center, Teater has also made time for several volunteer opportunities
over the course of his career, including medical mission trips to Honduras,
presiding as the Medical Director of the Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood
County for 10 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.
Teater is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine
and completed his MD degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Currently, Teater is enrolled in the Masters of Public Health program at the
UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.
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leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by
partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the
public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen
driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.