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DENTAL CONN: “Opiates, Vaping, and Street Drugs - The Perspective from a Dental Chair"

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“Opiates, Vaping, and Street Drugs:

The Perspective from a Dental Chair”


THE DATE:   Tuesday, November 6, 2018                                         

THE TIME:    Registration – 5:00, Dinner – 5:30 pm, Lecture – 6:45 – 8:45 pm

THE PLACE:  Chez Josef, Agawam, MA


THE TOPIC: This will be an interactive discussion giving a broad overview of the neuroanatomy of addiction with a specific focus on the impact of nicotine, alcohol, opioids, and other addictive substances on oral health.  We will review SBIRT and its role in identifying those with substance use disorder.  Participants will leave with an improved understanding of community resources available to help those with addiction.

THE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

1.  Understand addiction as a chronic relapsing medical condition like diabetes, obesity, or depression

2.  Learn about impact of other nicotine or marijuana delivery systems

3.  Review state-wide prescribing patterns with opioids

4.  Discuss evidence-based treatments for addiction


THE SPEAKER:  Dr. Ruth Potee is a board-certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  She is a native of western Massachusetts and attended public schools in the North Quabbin region.  She attended Wellesley College, Yale University School of Medicine, and did her residency at Boston University where she remained as an assistant professor of Family Medicine for eight years.   In addition to practicing full- scope family medicine, she is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center, and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, as well as the Chair of the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County.  In 2015 she was named Franklin County Doctor of the Year by the Massachusetts Medical Society and is currently the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Baystate-Franklin Medical Center.  Dr. Potee engages communities in discussions surrounding substance abuse through her wide-ranging series of talks. 


Financial Disclosure:  Dr.Ruth Potee has no conflicts to disclose.


THE FOOD: The Chez Josef Buffet


THE CREDITS: 2 CEU – Lecture

                 The Valley District Dental Society designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

    Recommended audience:  Dental Assistants, Hygienists, Office Personnel and Dentists.

 Valley District Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider Approved by the Massachusetts Dental Society.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE Provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Valley District Dental Society is designated as an approved PACE Program provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal Continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval        does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 8/25/17 to 8/24/2021. Subject code 148


Click the link below to register today!

Select the correct ticket types for Doctors, Auxiliaries, or Students in your practice.  You will be asked for the names of all attendees and can pay using a credit card.  Please print your tickets & bring them with you. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AFTER OCTOBER 30, 2018.

Regular registration runs through October 22nd at the following rates:

Doctor - $55                 Auxiliary - $38             Student - $28

Late registration runs from October 23rd through October 30th at the following rates:

Doctor - $60                            Auxiliary - $45             Student - $35

NO REGISTRATION WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER OCTOBER 30th.  There is no registration at the door.  If you would like to pay by check or call in credit card information to Amy at any time prior to October 30th, please be aware that an additional $5 fee per person will apply. You may call Amy at the Valley District Dental Society at 413-568-8200 Monday, Wednesday, or Fridays from 10a.m. until 3p.m.




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