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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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Guacamole — with a Cayenne Kick!

Guacamole can be a delicious and healthy snack. I love making this recipe because it’s quick and simple, and tastes amazing! And you can tailor the recipe to your taste buds: if you like it spicy and hot, add more cayenne and paprika, as well as fresh garlic and onion. But if you prefer it […]




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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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Blueberry and Kale Smoothie

Smoothies are refreshing, quick and full of healthy nutrients. This smoothie recipe is one of my favorites because it’s filling and delicious! And from a health standpoint, it has a full-balanced nutritional basket: vitamins, minerals, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. As with all of my recipes, feel free to modify to adjust to your tastes […]




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Coverage in “Spare Change News”, May 20th, 2016

Honored to speak to Emerson journalism student, Ross Cristantiello, about my work as a doctor to Boston’s most vulnerable population: homeless men and women. His wonderful piece has been published in “Spare Change News”! It’s been a privilege and honor to care for these brave individuals who struggle daily with chronic medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, kidney […]




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Spicy Cashews — Tasty and Healthy Snack!

  Gearing up for the holidays or a big party like the Super Bowl or the Oscars? Need a quick and tasty snack to serve your guests? Well, look no further! These spicy cashews have a kick, and they’re an excellent source of healthy fats (monounsaturated fats–also found in olive oil–decrease the risk of heart disease) and […]




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Award for Promoting Health and Wellness from “The Wave” LifeWest Chiropractic!

I was deeply honored to receive an Outstanding Achievement award on Promoting Health and Wellness from The Wave, “Incredible India”, LifeWest Chiropractic, in San Francisco, CA Immense gratitude to event organizer and Communications Director *extraordinaire*, Ms. Diana Rohini Lavigne! She pulled this extravaganza together, and recognized not only chiropractic clinicians, but also other members of the […]




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