In this enlightening presentation, Dr. Potee presented an overview of adolescent brain development, how substances and addictive behaviors impact the brain, and how the brain is injured by prolonged exposure to these substances and behaviors. Whether a parent or a concerned citizen, this presentation is worth your time to better understand this deeply concerning topic affecting our community and nation. Watch or listen to “The Physiology of Addiction: The Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on the Brain” here.
This free community presentation was offered on April 25, 2019 in partnership with Westborough Connects, Westborough Rotary, Westborough Public Schools, and Westborough Youth & Family Services.
Dr. Ruth Potee is a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, MA. She is a native of western Massachusetts and attended public schools in the North Quabbin region. She attended Wellesley College, Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency at Boston University where she remained as an assistant professor of Family Medicine for eight years. In addition to practicing full-scope family medicine, 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 Co-Chair of the Healthcare Solutions Committee of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. She was named Franklin County Doctor of the Year by the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2015. Dr. Potee engages communities in discussions surrounding substance abuse through her wide ranging series of talks. For more information, visit https://ruthpotee.com/
Watch her informative presentation here!