Drugs and the teenage brain


The M.V. Youth Task Force and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Connect to End Violence are bringing Dr. Ruth Potee back to Martha’s Vineyard this Thursday, May 16, to present “The Physiology of Addiction: Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on the Adolescent Brain.”

Potee’s presentation will take place at 6 pm in the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School library, and translators will be available upon request.

Potee is a practicing, board-certified physician who, in what spare time she has, engages communities in discussions of substance abuse through her talks. She currently holds positions at the Franklin County House of Correction, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center, and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, as well as being a member of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin.

Potee will offer “an overview of how substances and addictive behaviors impact the brain, and how the brain is injured by prolonged exposure to these substances and behaviors,” according to a press release.

This talk will focus on genetics, early exposure during brain development, and history of childhood trauma, all of which have been found to be three predisposing factors that put individuals at risk for addiction.

Potee’s appearance is funded by the M.V. Youth Task Force and the Massachusetts Office of Victims Assistance (MOVA) Drunk Driving Trust Fund. You can RSVP to info@mvyouthtaskforce.org, and the link to the Facebook event can be found at bit.ly/PoteeTalk.