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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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Addiction Forum — Political and Community Leaders Converge

On Thursday, October 1st, 2015, leaders from the Boston community were joined by local, state and federal political leaders to discuss a public health epidemic — addiction. The Boston Teacher’s Union in Dorchester was host to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who has been quite […]




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“The Tragedy of Opioid Addiction in the Young and Homeless” by Lipi Roy, MD, MPH

Read my recent piece on a young female patient’s ongoing struggle and downward spiral with heroin addiction here.           Resources for Addiction Treatment and Recovery: Opiate Addiction and Treatment National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment4Addiction – […]




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“Doctor’s Call” Boston Herald Radio: Drug overdose in Massachusetts and Ebola infection in a PIH volunteer

Another wonderful segment of “Doctor’s Call” on Boston Herald Radio with hosts Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot! This week, we discussed the Ebola-infected volunteer with Boston-based nonprofit, Partners in Health. We also talked about the state’s need to ramp up efforts to address drug overdose, and perhaps looking to our neighbors to the south, Rhode […]




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