One in fourteen Americans struggles with substance misuse, and over 100,000 people have died in in the past year from drug overdose. Addiction cuts across income, education, age, race, and class lines. Though science has described addiction as a complex brain disease influenced by genetic and environmental factors, it is still widely viewed as a moral failing among society at large, the media, our justice system, and even healthcare providers. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with addiction not only discourages people from getting help, but also further entrenches their substance use. In an effort to educate myself and others, I interview experts from the field of addiction medicine as well as people in recovery to hear about their unique experiences with use disorders.
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Dr. Veronika Mesheriakova, UCSF
Dr. Timothy Hall talks about the intersection of methamphetamine use and HIV in the LGBTQ+ community, specifically in men who have sex with men. He explains how methamphetamine use can influence HIV transmission as well as health outcomes for those who are HIV positive and how the changing landscape of the LGBTQ+ community may impact these rates.
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