NIH HEALing Communities Initiative

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%.

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Through innovative treatment, education, and research programs, the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center is committed to making long-term recovery a reality for every patient. From policy makers to clinicians to patients and families in crisis, people across the country turn to BMC for expertise in caring for patients with addiction. Over the last 25 years, BMC has become one of the most comprehensive and influential centers for addiction treatment in the country. BMC has created widely replicated care models and training programs for those at the front lines of the opioid crisis sweeping the nation. 

The Center was launched in 2017 with a generous gift from the Grayken family the largest private gift in the US in the last decade in the addiction field. With the US death rate from opioids now higher than it is for car accidents, the timing could not be more critical.

Today, the Center serves as the umbrella for all of BMC's work in addiction and is a national resource for revolutionizing addiction treatment and education, replicating best practices, and providing policy, advocacy and thought leadership to the field.

By disseminating proven models of care, the Center's work affirms that treatment works and recovery is possible.

Treatment

BMC is home to groundbreaking and highly successful addiction treatment programs. The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center is scaling successful programs locally and nationally, and expanding access to treatment and recovery. These efforts, in turn, are reducing the significant cost of the disease to the health care system.

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Training and Prevention

BMC's addiction leaders are sought-after experts in diagnosing, treating and preventing substance use disorders. Training programs developed here include curricula for physicians on safe prescribing, effective overdose prevention programs and ways to expand access to naloxone to reverse opioid overdose. The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center will continue to support our experts as they train colleagues across the nation in groundbreaking techniques.

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Research and Evaluation

BMC conducts high quality research that broadens and deepens our understanding of addiction treatment and care delivery so that successful approaches can be extended to more patients in need. The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center is increasing the pace of innovative research and evaluating new models of care delivery to create pathways to long-term recovery throughout the health care system.

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Timeline: Addiction Medicine at BMC

For Decades, BMC has lead research, teaching and clinical programming on substance use disorders and their consequences.

1994 - CARE Unit established, faculty become nationally recognized experts in addiction medicine; Project ASSERT eastablished - ED based substance use counseling and link to to treatment. 2001 - CRIT (Chieft Resident Immersion Training) esatblished to give Chief Residents from across the country a foundation in addiction medicine. 20003 - OBAT (Outpatient Based Addiction Treatment) established with nurse care management model, BMC becomes largest outpatient treatment provider in the region. 2007 - Project RESPECT established, BMC largest provider for pregnant mothers & infants affected by SUDs in region; Begin providing OBAT training and technical support across MA. 2011 - Addiction Medicine Fellowship begins, one o the fits of its kind and national leader. 2012 - SCOPE of pain (safe an competent opioid prescribing education for chronic pain) established, becomes nationall recognized CME program. 2015 - BESST (SBIRT Student Training begins); Addiction Consult Service esablished for inpatient diagnosis and managemnt of SUDs. 2016 - CATALYST (OBAT for adolescent & emerging adults established); FASTER PATHS (Opiod Urgent Care Center) established. 2017 - The Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at BMC is Established.

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Michael Botticelli's personal struggles with addiction led him to Washington D.C., where he directed White House Drug Control Policy. While there, he looked to BMC for their groundbreaking advancements in addiction medicine. Today, he serves as Executive Director of the Grayken Center and helps make long-term recovery a reality.

The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center is breaking the cycle of addiction for patients like Jamie. In recovery from a substance use disorder, Jamie is now a thriving mother who is creating a brighter future for herself and her daughter.