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Three Health Safety Tips during Long Flights

Today was the first snowfall in New York City, and with the winter season comes travel 🙂 Some of you will be taking long car, bus, train or plane rides to see family and loves ones, while others may be heading to warm, tropical destinations.     And while we enjoy family, food, drinks and […]




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Kratom: What is it and is it Addictive? — by Dr. Lipi Roy

What is Kratom? Kratom, a.k.a. Mitragyna speciose, is a plant native to tropical regions in Southeast Asia, namely Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It is used throughout the world for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Kratom leaves contain psychoactive (i.e. mind-altering) substances including opioids, and have been used for mood […]




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“Exercise is Medicine” — CNN interview with Dr. Lipi Roy

http://www.cnn.com/videos/living/2016/02/09/exercise-as-medicine.cnn In 2016, CNN came to my one of my Boston clinics to interview me about evidence-based health benefits of exercise. “There’s no single treatment or intervention that can have as diverse benefits as exercise.” -Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. “Studies show that when a doctor or other health care professional […]




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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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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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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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