Thursday, March 16th 2017
Franklin High School
Open to the public
- Describe the pathways on the brain related to addiction
- Understand the current opioid crisis and community impact
- Understand the relationship of adverse childhood events and health outcomes such as addiction and chronic pain
Our Community Conversation series continues on Thursday March 16th at 7:00 PM, when nationally recognized addiction expert Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on “The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction”. The program will take place in the Franklin High School Auditorium. You can view the Milford Daily News report on the event here.
The event is being co-sponsored by the Public Schools of Franklin and Medway, Mike Morrissey and the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, the Offices of Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (10th Norfolk District) and Shawn Dooley (9th Norfolk District).
Board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Potee is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management.
Since 2013, she has co-chaired the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin. As a school physician, she has provided training and curriculum for school nurses throughout western and central Massachusetts on adolescent substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, she is the medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, a position she assumed in 2014 that oversees care for 300 inmates in the county.
Dr. Potee's talk will focus on the impact of substance use on the adolescent brain and strategies parents may employ to assist their children in making healthy decisions.
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ABOUT DR. RUTH POTEE:
Board Certified Family and Addiction Medicine Physician;
Chair, Department of Medicine, Baystate – Franklin Medical Center;
Medical Director, Franklin County House of Corrections, Pioneer Valley Regional School District and First Step Recovery and Treatment Center