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 ClubApril 8, 2015

November 21, 2014 at 3pm, BUSM Evans E201, the BU Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science Seminar Series invites Dr. Klaus Miczek, PhD  to present:  ‘Social Stress, Alcohol and Cocaine: the Roles of CRF-Dopamine Systems’

Recent CARE Unit News:

Intervention May Not Reduce Risky Behaviors Among Those with HIV (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MA, MPH)

Addicts Desperately Waiting for a Lifesaver (Colleen LaBelle, RN, CARN)

BUPD to Carry Heroin Overdose Antedote (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc)

SCOPE of Pain Combats Opioid Abuse Through Prescriber Education (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Stopping America’s Hidden Overdose Crisis (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Why Are HIV Rates So High in Russia? (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MA, MPH)

LETTERS: Real Evidence is Needed Before We Extol Alcohol’s Benefits  (Richard Saitz, MD, MPH)

Intimate Partner Violence: The Physician’s Responsive and Preventive Roles (Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH)

Linking Inpatients to Addiction Treatment (Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH)

Officials Convene Opiate Experts to Address Drug Problem (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc, Colleen LaBelle, RN, CARN)

Methadone Challenging Option for Treatment of Chronic Pain (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Researchers at BU, Boston Medical Center Find Alcohol Policy “Environment” and Adult Binge Drinking Levels to be Inversely Related (Ziming Xuan, ScD, Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH) 

Painkillers Will be Tougher To Get This Fall (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MA, MPH) 

Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems (Richard Saitz, MD, MPH)

Brief Counseling Helps Alcohol Abuse, Does Not Help Substance Abuse (Richard Saitz, MD, MPH)

Safety Fears Over Faster US Drug Approvals (Karen Lasser, MD, MPH)

Priorities in Addiction Treatment Bill Debated (Richard Saitz, MD, MPH)

Pill Man: One Man’s Fight to Overcome Opiate Addiction (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Massachusetts Ranks High in Prescribing Painkillers (Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH)

Treating Addiction During and After Hospitalization Reduces Relapse, Study Says (Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH)

Treatment for Heroin Addiction Should Continue After Hospital Discharge: Study (Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH)

Critics: Docs Part of Crisis (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Heroin: From Prescription To Addiction (Part 15) (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

MGH to screen all patients for substance abuse (MASBIRT)

Addiction expert says launch of Zohydro was irresponsible (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Concerns grow about state’s medical marijuana regulations (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH)

Remembrance or revelry: Celebrating the Marathon (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH)

Practice Pearls for Treating Opiate Dependence (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MA, MPH)

Second Opinion: Doc says Blue Cross opioid policy is flawed (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Boston Law School Sells Out to Big Alcohol Front Group (Jason Blanchette, MPH)

State Health Department and Community Agencies Save Lives by Teaching Potential Bystanders To Recognize and Respond to Opioid-Related Overdoses (Alex Walley, MD, MSc) 

Binge drinking boosts risk of death, study suggests (Tim Naimi, MD, MPH)

‘Magic’ overdose drug works, but demand and price on the rise (Alex Walley, MD, MSc)

Heroin overdose ‘cure’ exists, but can users find it? (Alex Walley, MD, MSc)

Examining the treatment options for heroin addicts (Christine Pace, MD, MSc)

Mayor Marty Walsh Wants First Responders to Carry an Overdose Reversal Medication

As marijuana laws change, health risks of pot use are weighed (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH)

Coming Back from the Dead: the Role of Naloxone in the Overdose Epidemic