Community Engagement Events

The Role of Childhood Trauma in the Opioid Crisis

eyeball with ACES descriptorsThe Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force will be hosting a conference on Innovation in Substance Misuse:  The Role of the Childhood Trauma in the Opioid Crisis.


Drugs are effective coping mechanisms for youth seeking relief from trauma caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Research stemming from Dr. Vincent Felitti and the original ACEs Study shows that as ACEs increase, so does the risk youth have in misusing substances, such as intravenous drugs.  Dr. Felitti explains that after youth experience trauma, coping devices, like alcohol, tobacco and opioids are effective means for short-term emotional healing, but lead to long-term risks like addiction.

Focus Areas of the Conference:

*  Understanding ACEs
*  ACEs and Juvenile Justice System
*  Police & School Communication
*  Education Based Programs.

Featured Speakers:

Jayne Singer, Ph.D.The Brazelton Institute-Boston Children’s Hospital
Judge John S. Spinale- Bristol County Juvenile Court
Patricia Conrod, Ph.D.-University of Montreal

Conference Information:

DATE:            November 8, 2017
VENUE:         Hotel 1620
ADDRESS:   180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360

REGISTRATION INFO:  If you would like to attend, please email Maria DoCanto at: