Dr. Potee: Parents should address the drug issue head on

Genetics play a huge role in addiction

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Dr. Ruth Potee of the Greenfield Valley Medical Group spoke about opioid addiction and abuse Tuesday night at Bellamy Middle School in Chicopee. She explained that the teens are at the greatest risk of addiction because drug use alters brain development.

Dr. Potee told 22News drug abuse is a problem that affects people of all ages, and it’s important for parents to address the issue head on, and talk to their kids. “Having open conversations with your teenagers, whether it’s about drugs or sex or other uncomfortable things for you is actually much more important than pretending is doesn’t exist.”

Dr. Potee said genetics play a huge role in addiction. She said if someone puts off drug use until after the age of 21, genetics’ impact is almost completely erased.

1,379 Massachusetts residents died in overdoses in 2015

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