Saturday, February 11, 2017

"The days of thinking of addiction as a moral problem are over"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The talk - set to take place at the Franklin High School auditorium on Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. and sponsored by the Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment (SAFE) Coalition - will feature Dr. Ruth Potee, an addiction expert. 
Potee, according to a coalition release, is a physician who has worked with the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin. She has also provided training and curriculum for school nurses on adolescent substance abuse and education, and is the medical director of the Franklin County House of Correction. 
SAFE President James Derick said the talk, entitled "The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction," will provide information about how drugs can alter a brain's development. 
"Our focus is on helping families understand the complications that arise from young people - under the age of 24 - experimenting with any substance," he said.

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A preview of her talk can be found in this YouTube video. Recorded in 2015, her talk will likely be updated with some current statistics.

The headline quote can be found in the MassLive article from Feb 2016

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