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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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Addiction Series Part 2: Introduction to Opioids

Welcome! Why am I spending so much time and effort discussing opioids? Simple: opioid misuse and overdose is a public health EPIDEMIC. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose kills more people than motor vehicle accidents; and, as of 2015, more than gun homicides. Most of these drug overdose deaths […]




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Addiction Series Part I: What is Addiction?

Welcome! As a primary care doctor and addiction medicine specialist, I am deeply concerned about the impact that dependency on substances such as alcohol, tobacco and opioids has on men, women as well as children, particularly teenagers and youth. Watch my video*, Health Tip: Addiction 1: What is Addiction?, for a quick overview of this […]




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