Health and Wellness

‘Teen Brain Development & Risk for Addiction’ April 12th

The Medford Public Schools Health Services Department and Team Medford cordially welcome you to “What Every Parent and Teacher Must Know About Teen Brain Development and the Risk for Addiction,” a free community health forum for parents/guardians, teachers and community health care providers.

The event is taking place Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Caron Theatre, Medford High School.

Dr. Ruth Potee will discuss how the development of the teen brain and brain chemistry impacts teenage risk taking behaviors including alcohol and substance use. She provides realistic guidance for raising healthy teens in today’s society.

Dr. Potee is a graduate of Wellesley College, Mount Holyoke College and Yale University School of Medicine. She serves as a Family Physician with the Valley Medical Group, in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She provides a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, and addiction treatment. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Potee serves as the Co-Chair for Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County & North Quabbin. She is also the school physician for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, and the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections.

Parents and guardians of students in the Medford Public Schools are strongly urged to attend this important and informative seminar. All attendees please RSVP to Toni Vento, MS, RN, NCSN, Supervisor of Health Services, at, no later than April 8, 2017.

Dr. Potee’s presentation is made possible by a grant from Team Medford, Medford Board of Health.

– Information from City of Medford

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