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: September 10, 2014

Recent CARE Unit News:

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) 

Treating Addicted Patients During, After Hospitalization Reduces Relapse (Jane Liebschutz, 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