When Epidemics Hit at Home & Work: The Opioid Crisis
When: Thursday, March 31, 2016 4:30-6:00pm
Where: Wellesley College, Alumnae Ballroom
Open to the 3 College Community (Babson, Olin & Wellesley)
The opiate epidemic continues to ravage the U.S. public health and public safety systems, and the sanctity of millions of homes. Whether you aspire to a career in healthcare, research, law, politics, teaching, business, or ministry, you will confront this epidemic. And undoubtedly students, faculty, and staff may be struggling with this disease, personally, in their family, or in their community. For Wellesley is not immune: both alumnae and their families struggle with -- and some have died from -- this disease.
Wellesley College Health Services & Stone Center Counseling Service will be present to offer support and resources.
Ruth Potee, MD, class of 1990, was College Government president and majored in Women's Studies and Geology. After a post-baccalaureate program at Mt. Holyoke, she graduated from Yale Medical School in 1999 and trained at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Potee is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and practices in Greenfield MA, where patients as young as 15 are using heroin. She has become a tireless educator of medical professionals and communities about the epidemic, emphasizing how addiction is a brain disease. Her work extends to the criminal justice system as medical director of the Franklin County House of Corrections. She is the mother of three, married to another family doctor, and runs, bakes, and eats chocolate to preserve her mental health.
Melissa Weiksnar, class of 1977 economics major, graduated from MIT, earned an MS from U. of Houston, an MBA from Harvard, and climbed the high tech ladder before switching careers to high school teaching. Since 2010, Ms. Weiksnar has been a writer, speaker, and advocate, educating a wide range of audiences about how addiction can impact any family. She has published "Heroin's Puppet -Amy (and her disease)" and "It's Not Gunna Be an Addiction: the Adolescent Journals of Amelia F.W. Caruso (1989 - 2009)." She has two surviving children and is married to a software engineer; as a sidelined marathoner, her 2 dogs now preserve her sanity,