Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit

The CARE Unit is an academic unit in the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center.

Mission Statement

The Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit conducts research, educates health professionals, provides health care, and informs clinical and public health practice and policy to improve the lives of people with unhealthy alcohol and other drug use.


Alissa Cruz, MPH
CARE Unit Manager

Upcoming Events:

Journal Club: June 15th, 2016

Recent CARE Unit News:

February 2016: Daniel Alford, MD, Named ASAM’s First Educator of the Year
Daniel Alford, MD, a primary care provider at BMC and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, has been named the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s first Educator of the Year winner. The award recognizes an educator who has made outstanding contributions to ASAM’s addiction medicine educational program.

Language of Addiction Itself Can Hurt, Advocates Say (Richard Saitz, MD, MPH)

Expert Argues Benefit of Physicians’ Opioid Prescription Education (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH; Jane Liebschutz MD, MPH)

After Painkiller Overdoses, Patients Continue to Get Drugs (Marc LaRochelle, MD, MPH)

Most Who OD On Opioids are Able to Get New Prescriptions (Marc LaRochelle, MD, MPH)

Quick Questions on a Tablet Spot Drug Trouble (Richard Saitz, MD, MPH)

Aiming to Stem the Tide of Drug Overdoses, New Hampshire Providers Learn How to Prescribe Opioids Responsibly (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Suboxone: A Miracle Drug a Merely a Step in the Right Direction? (Colleen LaBelle, RN) 


Sheriff Warns that New White House Drug Policy Could Be Boon to Prison Suboxone Smuggling (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc) 

Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction in HIV Patients (Alexander Walley, MD, MPH) 

Experimental Agent Shows Promise for Alcohol Dependence (Richard Saitz, MD, MPH) 

Alcohol Laws Directly Correspond to Drinking Deaths (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH) 

Study Finds State Liquor Laws Saving More Women Than Men (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH) 

‘Motivational interviewing’ has been key to abuse fight (Lee Ellenberg, LICSW) 

Clinton to Promote Plan to Combat Addiction with Spending on Treatment (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MPH, MA)

HIV/AIDS  Symptoms & Treatment: Addiction Therapy Lowers Substance Abuse Among Infected Patients, Study Reveals (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc)

Alcohol Tax Roils Boston (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH)

To Combat Drug Abuse, Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet (Colleen LaBelle, RN, CARN)

Pain Management and the Evolution of the Opioid Crisis (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Settlement Will Make Narcan More Affordable, Mass AG Says (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH) 

Educating Clinicians Important in Safe Opioid Prescribing (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Father Says Saugus Store Display Promotes Excessive College Drinking (Richard Saitz, MD) 

AG’s Opioid Proposal Targets Fentanyl Trafficking (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH) 

Boston Hospital to Help R.I., Mass Pharmacies Increase Distribution of Overdose Medications (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc) 

Commission to Seek Painkillers More Resistant To Abuse in Face of Addiction Crisis (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Despite Efforts, Mass. Opioid Deaths on Pace to Match 2014 (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH, Colleen LaBelle, RN, CARN)

Experts Want Expansion of Narcan Education, Distribution (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc)

I Bought Narcan, And Here’s What I Learned (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc)

“We’re at war, and we’re losing” Officials declare health crisis as overdoses continue to rise (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc) 

Tighter Alcohol Laws Reduce Odds of Underage Drinking, Study Finds (Jason Blanchette, MPH)

Tougher Alcohol Laws for Adults May Also Lower Teen Drinking (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH)

Baker Responds to Plymouth’s Drug Crisis (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Local Physician Recommends World Health Organization Retire the Term Opioid Substitution Therapy (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MA, MPH)

Prescription Drug Abuse is Lower, but Heroin Use Up: Study (Marc LaRochelle, MD, MPH) 

Making a Physical Exam Your Primary Concern (Sheila Chapman, MD) 

Maura Healey Puts Docs, Clinics on Notice (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH) 

Drugs to Treat Addiction Work, But Carry a Stigma (Colleen LaBelle, RN, CARN)

State Gets Serious About Opiate Abuse (Daniel Alford, MPH, MPH) 

As You Were Saying…Raise Glass to a Fairer Alcohol Tax (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, Jason Blanchette, MPH) 

Baker Tackles Opioid Addiction (Colleen Labelle, RN, CARN)