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Tackling Substance Use: Insights from Dr. Jennifer Sharpe Potter

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Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH, is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center and director of the Be Well Institute.


In this episode of Pediatrics Now, host Holly Wayment is joined by Jennifer Sharpe Potter, Ph.D., M.P.H. to discuss the importance of addressing substance use among pediatric patients and offer valuable advice for healthcare pediatricians and providers.

Potter emphasizes the necessity for pediatricians to screen for substance use, even in young children, and highlights the increasing prevalence of early exposure to drugs and alcohol. She provides practical tips for initiating conversations with patients and their families about substance use, breaking down the stigma associated with it.

We delve into the challenges of treating substance use disorders, the misconceptions about marijuana, and the dangers of fentanyl-laced medications. Dr. Potter also shares information about the resources available through the Be Well Texas Institute and other state initiatives to support patients and families dealing with substance use disorders.

Don't miss this insightful episode that aims to empower pediatric practitioners with the knowledge and tools to better manage substance use issues in their practice.


Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH has disclosed she is a researcher for Kios. The relevant financial relationships noted for Dr. Potter have been mitigated. 

The Pediatric Grand Rounds Planning Committee (Deepak Kamat, MD, PhD, Steven Seidner, MD, Daniel Ranch, MD and Elizabeth Hanson, MD) has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Deepak Kamat, MD course director and content reviewer for the activity, have reviewed all financial disclosure information for all speakers, facilitators, and planning committee members; and determined and resolved all conflicts of interests


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