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: January 20th, 2016

Recent CARE Unit News:

Medicaid May Soon Pay for Some Inpatient Addiction Treatment (Jeffrey Samet, 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) 

Addiction Expert Discusses Statewide Surge in Heroin Overdose (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

Surge in Heroin Overdoses Puzzles Healthcare Workers (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH, Colleen LaBelle, RN, CARN) 

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