News & Updates

Reducing harm, saving lives

Somerville is forging ahead on the work to open a supervised consumption site - a safe, clean space where people can use drugs - within city limits. To everyone involved, it comes down to one thing: saving lives. Read more about the why Somerville wants to host the first safe consumption... More

Mandatory Reporting Law Is Harmful for Pregnant People with Substance Use Disorder

Currently in Massachusetts, healthcare providers are mandated to report a person to the Department of Children & Families for suspected abuse or neglect when they give birth to a baby who was exposed to substances designated as "addictive drugs" prenatally. Included in this list of substances are methadone and buprenorphine, More

Polysubstance Use Driving Overdose Deaths in Adolescents and Young Adults

Adolescents and young adults have experienced a nearly 300 percent increase in opioid-related mortality in recent decades due to polysubstance use. Results from a new study by the CARE Unit's Drs. Hadland and Bagley point to the fact that interventions need to start factoring in the growing use of stimulants with... More

New Funding Awarded

Congratulations to the following CARE Unit Faculty who have been awarded new funding between June-October, 2020. A $160,369 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for a project entitled, “Competitive revision to Stigma, Risk Behaviors and Health Care among HIV-infected Russian People Who Inject Drugs.” Karsten Lunze from... More

The Pandemic Has Changed Addiction Treatment, Some Hope For Good

WBUR | May 21, 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic hit, 51-year-old Gigi Geary decided to move from Boston to stay with family in a remote area of New Hampshire. She's particularly at risk because she's undergoing cancer treatments, so she wanted to isolate herself as much as possible. Moving to New... More