Sheriff, Potee to speak Monday on treating addiction in county jails

  • Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan speaks with Dr. Ruth Potee at a previous gathering of state and local officials discussing the opioid crisis. The two will join others from across the country in a virtual conference about treating addiction in rural jails. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

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Published: 6/26/2020 3:21:49 PM
Modified: 6/26/2020 3:21:39 PM

Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan and Dr. Ruth Potee will join others from across the country in a virtual conference about treating addiction in rural jails on Monday.

“Challenges & Opportunities in Implementing Medication-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural and Mid-Sized County Jails” will be held Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. To register, visit

According to a press release from the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region, of which Donelan is co-chair, the O’Neill Institute’s Addiction and Public Policy Initiative housed at the Georgetown University Law Center is hosting the event. The center works to advance evidence-based policies relating to substance use disorder throughout the country.

The virtual event will provide a “deep dive” into the challenges rural and mid-sized counties face in implementing medication-based treatment, as well as opportunities for reform.

According to the release, the interactive session will provide opportunities for state and county leadership to engage with experienced experts from the field on developing successful models, overcoming implementation hurdles, identifying funding and successful approaches to training.

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