Opioid addiction has claimed thousands of lives in Massachusetts while causing pain and suffering for countless individuals and families.
The SHINE Initiative invites you to a very special and timely presentation on
February 15th at 6:00pm at the Perkins School, 971 Main St., Lancaster, when Dr. Ruth Potee will discuss the physiology of addiction and explain how addiction is a brain disease.
Of particular interest to the SHINE Initiative is the risk that alcohol and opioids pose to the development of the adolescent brain.
Using layman’s terms and easy to understand slides and graphics, Dr. Potee will explain the way the brain works and why certain substances – including opioids – are so appealing to the user once the brain has experienced them.
Dr. Potee is a board-certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield. She attended Wellesley College, Yale University School of Medicine, and did her residency at Boston University. She is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, as well as the Chair of the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County.
Dr. Potee’s presentation is a highlight of The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series, which is focused on bringing members of the community together for lectures and discussion on a wide range of topics related to the various programs and services provided at Perkins.
Dr. Potee’s appearance is sponsored by the SHINE Initiative and is free and open to the public.