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May 3, 2018

Dr. Lipi Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine as well as clinical assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine, Department of Population Health. She is currently the medical director of an addiction treatment center in New York City. In her previous role as Chief of Addiction Medicine for NYC jails including Rikers Island, Dr. Roy oversaw substance use treatment and recovery efforts for nearly 10,000 incarcerated men and women at the nation's second-largest jail. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston's vulnerable homeless population among whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. She also served as an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Roy completed her medical degree and master’s in public health degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, followed by residency training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Roy is a strong advocate for public service. In addition to caring for incarcerated and homeless men and women, she has worked with the underserved in Nicaragua and India as well as New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Roy has also provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti and volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon. She currently volunteers with the New York City Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Roy is a sought-after, charismatic speaker and media personality whose mission is to educate and empower the public to make healthy choices through nutrition, mindfulness, and addiction awareness. She has appeared on "Charlie Rose" and CNN; she is a Forbes contributor who has also published in the Huffington Post, STAT News and Dr. Roy shares her medical expertise through her Web site, Spices for Life MD, and YouTube channel. She has contributed to Boston Herald Radio, and has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal,, and Cooking Light magazine. She can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To book Dr. Roy for speaking engagements, visit her Speaker's Page.

00:00 Co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis, and the importance of treating both.
02:10 An evidence-based approach to caring for substance abusers.
03:15 The clear evidence on how to treat opioid addiction.
03:30 “The people with the best outcomes receive both therapy and medication.”
05:40 “Of the 23 million Americans with substance abuse disorder, only 10% get treatment.”
07:40 “Addiction is a disease.”
07:50 Why only 10% of those addicted are getting treatment.
12:20 What payers need to know about treating addiction.
15:00 Why investing in addiction treatment is a great long-term decision.
20:00 How the lack of interoperability can make the prescription medication addiction epidemic worse.
27:30 Pilot programs that health systems should consider putting in place to help treat addiction.
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