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: May 16, 2018

Recent CARE Unit News:

Addiction is Here | So is BMC

Boston Medical Center received a $25 million gift from the Grayken family, that was used to create the BMC Grayken Center for Addiction. The CARE Unit faculty, clinical services, and education and training programs are key components of the Grayken Center for Addiction. Information and updates on the Grayken Center for Addiction can be found at

Social Work Today: Reevaluating the 12-Step Model Legacy (Danna Gobel, LCSW, OBAT), (Ellen Kreida, LICSW, MPH, CATALYST Clinic)

The Detroit Bureau: Government Panel Wants Lower Drunk Driving Threshold (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH)

MassLive: People With Chronic Pain Worry Gov. Charlie Baker’s Opioid Bill Will Cut Availability Of Pain Meds (Michael Botticelli, executive director, Grayken Center for Addiction)

WBUR: Boston EMS Reports Opioid Overdose Deaths Were Way Up In 2017 (Marc Larochelle, MD, MPH)

Managed Care Magazine: Underused Weapon In the War on Addiction (Daniel Alford, MD, MPH)

WCVB: Opioids Blamed For Drop In Life Expectancy For Second Year (Marc Larochelle, MD, MPH)

The Bay State Banner: Addiction In The Elderly: An Overlooked Group (Zoe Weinstein, MD)

HealthDay: Higher Booze Taxes Might Pay Off for Public Health (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH)

Reuters: Court-Mandated Opioid Rehab Rarely Meets Medical Standards (Marc Larochelle, MD, MPH)

The Bay State Banner: ‘Standing Orders’: An Approach To Overdose Prevention (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc; Colleen LaBelle, MSN, RN)

Past CARE Unit Video and Audio: