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Addiction and Neurobiology — Dr. Lipi Roy

Welcome to another edition of Addiction 101! The brain is the most complex machine known to humankind. Addiction, according to the World Health Organization, is the most stigmatized social condition in the world. A better understanding of the former will reduce the latter. Watch my video and learn how drugs like heroin, alcohol, cocaine and […]




Addiction, Racial Disparities and Incarceration — by Dr. Lipi Roy

Welcome! In today’s video, I discuss the impact of drug addiction in race and incarceration. This is a highly complex topic with deeply concerning results, but my goal here is to raise awareness and encourage everyone to be mindful of the complicated psychosocial aspects of addiction, incarceration and how they impact Black and Latino individuals. […]




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Addiction and Stigma Part 2 — by Dr. Lipi Roy

In today’s video, I discuss several simple but effective ways to reduce stigma faced by people who experience addiction. How? By changing our *language. ~~ STIGMATIZING/PUNITIVE/TOUGH: ~~ “Substance/drug abuse” “Substance/drug abuser” “War on Drugs” “Dirty urine” “Junkie,” “Addict,” “Cokehead,” “Package,” “Body ==> … …Patient self-stigma: less likely to seek help; perceive increased discrimination Health care […]




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Addiction and Stigma Part 1 — by Dr. Lipi Roy

“Stigma” –> Watch my video and learn what stigma means, and how it impacts people with addiction. You’ll learn that of the 23 million Americans with Substance Use Disorder, ONLY 10% access treatment. Staggering and Unacceptable. And the major barrier? STIGMA 2 Factors Impact Stigma: CAUSE CONTROLLABILITY Stay tuned for my video where I discuss how […]




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Opioid Addiction–Buprenorphine (“Suboxone”) by Dr. Lipi Roy

WHAT IS BUPRENORPHINE? Buprenorphine (a.k.a. “bupe,” “Suboxone™,” “Subutex™”) is a medication used to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opioids such as prescription painkillers (oxycodone, percoset, morphine). Bupe was approved by the FDA in 2002. When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective. Buprenorphine saves lives. Watch as I […]




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Chicken Kale Mushroom Medley

This recipe is quick, easy and oh-SO-tasty! And did I mention it’s full of healthy ingredients? Spices, vegetables, protein,…and you can modify it any way you wish. Enjoy! 2 chicken sausages with spinach and feta from Al Fresco™, chopped (you can use any type of protein) Cooking spray 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium […]




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Indian-Style Couscous Stir-fry

Greetings! This is a healthy and delicious dish that I specially prepared for the Home and Family “Home Cook Contest”! The dish is made of couscous (a whole grain rich in fiber and protein), as well as many vegetables and spices, all of which have many health benefits (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant) which reduces the risk of […]




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Harm Reduction — and its Critical Role in Addiction by Dr. Lipi Roy

Harm reduction is a set of practical policies, programs and strategies aimed at reducing the harms or negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in – and respect for – the rights of people who use drugs. Key features of Harm Reduction: 1. Focus […]




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Opioid Addiction Treatment — Myths about Methadone by Dr. Lipi Roy

Methadone is a life-saving medication that helps men and women with opioid dependence reduce their cravings for opioids (e.g. heroin, fentanyl, percoset, oxycodone, etc.) and decrease their uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, far too few people receive methadone. One of the reasons include the many myths that persist about methadone. Watch this brief video of me presenting […]




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Opioid Addiction in Pregnancy

Medications to treat pregnant women struggling with opioid dependence are available. But a tragically low number of women are accessing this life-saving treatment. “Current evidence suggests opioid agonist therapy (OAT) is safe and effective for pregnant women with opioid use disorder, yet barriers to accessing care and socioeconomic disparities prevent too many women from receiving […]




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