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Substance Use Disorder and Heredity – It’s a Family Disease
December 10, 2019 . 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Did you know that according to 2014 data published by Childtrends.org, by the 8th grade, 28% of
adolescents have consumed alcohol, 15% have smoked cigarettes, and 16.5% have experimented with marijuana?
Are you a medical professional, educator, librarian, first responder or a law enforcement professional or
someone who interacts personally or professionally with individuals who have a substance use disorder?
Join the NNLM NER for a special webinar that explores the many facets of substance use disorder in
teens through a candid interview about Substance Use Disorder with a Worcester, Massachusetts
Recovery High School student, her father, and her grandmother. Three generations of this family have
been affected by addiction. Hear in their own words as they share their family’s story of addiction.
Worcester Recovery High School Clinician Alyssa Richard-Figueroa, Principal Mary Ellen McGorry and
UMass Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Margret Chang share their expertise and commentary as we learn from this family about how early exposure to addictive substances, genetic predisposition, trauma, peer pressure, and mental health contribute to the complicated disease of substance use disorder.