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One Remarkable Doctor Who's Fighting Opioid Addiction in Smalltown Massachusetts

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Aired on Monday, July 2nd.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we speak with Dr. Ruth Potee, who is both a Family Physician and an Addiction Medicine Physician based in Greenfield, Mass. She's also the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center, and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. As such, Dr. Potee has emerged as a leading expert and well-spoken advocate in her community on not just the physiology of addiction, but also on how we as a society -- as parents, family members, friends, doctors, law-enforcement officials, and so on -- can take meaningful and data-supported steps to reverse this nation's opioid-addiction crisis. (Note that you can access a recent Ozy.com article featuring Dr. Potee -- which was headlined "Can This Small Town Lead America in Fighting the Opioid Crisis?" -- at this link, and you can also find Dr. Potee's appearance on CNN with the late Anthony Bourdain here.)

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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