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Treating Opioid Addiction Discussion in The Academic Minute with Dr. Helen Baghdoyan

Dr. Helen Baghdoyan, Professor of Neuroanesthesiology Research, discusses treatment options for opioid addiction and the opioid crisis via The Academic Minute, a WAMC National Production. "Significant pain is a fundamental human condition that will always require medical management. When clinically administered, opioids such as morphine and fentanyl are standard-of-care for relief from significant pain. Opioid use disorder is a complex disease and a national crisis. The prevalence of this disease means that many of us now have an affected family member or friend. The U.S. Surgeon General is helping to decrease the stigma by publically describing how this disease has impacted his own family." Learn More in The Academic Minute.


Dr. Vanterpool Named to Governor's Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam named Stephanie Vanterpool, MD, MBA, as a member to the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education. The commission, established by executive order as part of the TN Together plan to help end the opioid epidemic, is charged with developing competencies for Tennessee’s medical educational institutions to address proper treatment for pain, safe and effective prescribing practices, and proper diagnoses and treatment for individuals abusing or misusing controlled substances. The commission consists of 19 members, appointed by the governor, which include representation from the state’s public and private medical educational institutions, the Tennessee Department of Health, a broad group of professional associations, and licensed health care practitioners. Learn more via TN.gov.

A TED-Style talk and Town Hall with Dr. Vanterpool on Pain and Addiction in East Tennessee-A History and Plan for the Opioid Crisis took place on Monday, April 16th at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Tennessee campus. View a recording of the presentation.

Read Dr. Vanterpool's editorial in Tennessee Medicine.

 

 

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