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.


Ve Truong
CARE Unit Manager

Upcoming Events:

Journal Club: July 15th 2020, 12-1pm

Recent CARE Unit News:

Addiction is Here | So is BMC

Boston Medical Center (BMC) was awarded $89 million in funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to lead a research study with the goal of reducing opioid deaths by 40% in some of the most heavily impacted Massachusetts communities in three years (MassHEAL). BMC’s study is part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, a bold, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid crisis.

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 Featured News: Rapid Response to Fentanyl Overdose is Critical (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc)

MetroWest Daily News: Local Approach To Treating Opioid Addiction (Marc Larochelle, MD, MPH)

BYU Radio: Opioid Misconceptions, Electric Scooters, Faith and Gang Violence (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MPH)

The Boston Globe: Addicted People Often End Up In Jail. And That Can Be Deadly For Them (Alexander Walley, MD, MSc)

Tech Times: No Strong Evidence That Medical Marijuana Reduces Chronic Pain: Study (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MPH)

STAT: It’s Time For Methadone To Be Prescribed As Part Of Primary Care (Jeffrey Samet, MD, MPH)

WRVO: Opioid Makers Cut Back On Marketing Payments To Doctors (Scott Hadland, MD, MPH)

Science Friday: Will We Ever Know How Moderate Drinking Affects Our Health? (Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP)

HealthDay: If Opioid Addicts Survive OD, Other Hazards Lie Ahead: Study (Marc Larochelle, MD, MPH)

The Boston Globe: Why Marijuana Policies In Massachusetts Aren’t Strict Enough (Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH)

Past CARE Unit Video and Audio: