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Episode 063: Addiction, Abuse, and Misuse

May 31, 2019

Dr. Rett Blake joins Brian Fortenberry to discuss the many angles of the opioid crisis. Dr. Blake explains abuse vs. misuse, the symptoms of addiction, the reason people are overdosing and how to prevent it.


The contents of this Podcast are intended for educational/informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Policyholders are urged to consult with their personal attorney for legal advice, as specific legal requirements may vary from state to state and/or change over time. All names have been changed to protect privacy.

About our Guest

Dr. Rett Blake

Dr. Blake is a practicing pain physician in Chattanooga, TN. He has been practicing there since 2009. He graduated from University of Alabama Medical School, and did his residency in Anesthesiology there as well. He went on to complete a fellowship in Pain Medicine at UAB. He is currently the medical director of Specialists in Pain Management. His practice is a multi-disciplinary pain program that includes physical therapy, psychology, medication management, and multiple different injection therapy options. He served as the chairman of the Tennessee Medical Association’s Chronic Opioid Guidelines Committee. He was also a member of the Tennessee Department of Health’s committee that developed the currently adopted Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines. He is the immediate past president of the Tennessee Pain Society. He also serves on the board of the Tennessee Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and is the chairman of the Neurospine Committee. Dr. Blake is also a member of the Governor’s task force on opioid abuse.

About our Host

Brian Fortenberry is Assistant Vice President of Underwriting at SVMIC where he assists in evaluating risk for the company and assisting policyholders with underwriting issues. He has been involved with medical professional liability insurance since 2007. Prior to his work at SVMIC, Brian worked in the clinical side of medicine and in broadcast media.

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