Addiction Prevention

September 19, 2019 at WRHS

All parents and students welcome!!

Please join us in Wachusett Regional High School's auditorium on Thursday, September 19th at 6pm to learn how substances and addictive behaviors impact the brain and how the brain is injured by prolonged exposure to these substances and behaviors.

Scheduled Presentations for the night:

  • The New Look of Nicotine Addiction
  • Hidden in Plain Sight
  • Keynote speaker, Dr. Ruth Potee: The Physiology of Addiction: Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on the Brain

The New Look of Nicotine Addiction

Vape pens and e-cigarettes are not harmless, yet 20% of high school students report currently using them, and 40% have tried them at least once. Learn more about what these products are, why they are harmful, and how to protect our kids from this latest trend.

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Hidden in Plain Sight

District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.’s Central Massachusetts Opioid Task Force Presents Hidden in Plain Sight. Hidden in Plain Sight is educational display showcasing various common household items that can be involved in at-risk behaviors and might be found in a teenager's bedroom. The focus of this display is to help adults identify items of concern, raise awareness of youth at-risk behaviors and present strategies to help improve communication and discussion.

The Physiology of Addiction: Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on the Brain

Featuring Dr. Ruth Potee, Director of Addiction Services, Behavioral Health Network!

Dr. Ruth Potee is a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician who works in western Massachusetts. She attended Wellesley College, Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency at Boston University where she remained an assistant professor of Family Medicine for eight years. She is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Director of Addiction Services for Behavioral Health Network, and the medical director for 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.

Who should attend?

Parents, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, social service providers, clergy and any community members who care about our youth and the health of our community. Participants will gain insight into how the teen brain develops and functions, and how to apply this information in daily interactions.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration necessary.