After sitting in on Dr. D’Orazio’s lecture, I felt a lot more informed on the medical side of SUD and opioids. Since I had never really listened in on a doctor’s perspective, I was pleasantly surprised that Dr. D’Orazio was very educated on the importance of “person-first” language when speaking about people with SUD. I also really appreciated the fact that he mentioned he tries his best to educate his peers and even those with SUD on the importance of this language as well as ways to combat the stigma surrounding this issue.

The most useful things I took from this lecture were the different forms of drugs that are generally distributed illicitly, why and how the body goes into withdrawal, and how SUD is a disease, not a choice. He went into detail about the multiple types of heroin and where they are most prevalent, as well as diluents and contaminants that are added into these substances. He also mentioned how there are underlying issues that to abnormal dopamine release in individuals, making some people more susceptible to SUD than others. Though I had some prior knowledge of these subjects, D’Orazio went into detail from a medical standpoint, and now I feel more confident in writing about these subjects because I have a better understanding of them.