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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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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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“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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