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These surprising health stories shaped 2018

PBS NewsHour | December 26

Michael Botticelli discusses progress made in some localities on reducing overdose deaths in 2018 and ways to do more going forward, particularly for those recently released from incarceration.

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Why Aren't More Users Of Opioids Or Meth Screened For Hepatitis C?

NPR | December 19

Dr. Rachel Epstein discusses her research finding that those with the risk factor of OUD are rarely screened for Hepatitis C.


Editorial: Stop allowing beliefs to get in the way of treating opioid use disorder

Medical Xpress| December 18

An editorial by Joshua A. Barocas and Richard Saitz discussing the advisability of buprenorphine or methadone over naltrexone in clinical care, is discussed in this piece.

Finding and Treating the Young Hepatitis C Patient

MD Magazine | December 3

Executive Director Michael Botticelli comments on how companies, particularly in construction, can stop overdoses on site.

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On Smarter Approaches to Addiction Treatment: An Interview with Michael Botticelli

WHRB Harvard Radio Broadcasting | December 2

Michael Botticelli gives insight into best practices for tackling the opioid epidemic and discusses the Grayken Center’s innovative approach to addiction treatment.

Survey: Opioid Crisis In Mass. May Be More Far-Reaching Than Originally Believed

The New York Times | November 28

Michael Botticelli comments on the implication of a preliminary ruling for opioid treatment in jails and prisons

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Christian Science Monitor | December 3


Boston Business Journal | September 13, 2018


YOUTH.GOV: The Importance of Addressing Substance Use During Adolescence

From featuring Dr. Sarah Bagley, M.D. from the CATALYST Clinic

In a new TAG Talk video, Sarah Bagley, M.D., discusses adolescent substance use, addiction, and treatment. Dr. Bagley explores why adolescents and young adults use substances, what risks they face from doing so, and how early intervention can help prevent the short- and long-term risks of substance use. Her presentation also covers trends in adolescent and young adult opioid use, as well as methods of treating opioid use in adolescents. The video is available as a 30-minute presentation, or in short segments covering specific topics. Use the tools below to lead discussions and find additional resources:

Personal Stories

BMC community members contributed 10-word stories describing how addiction and/or recovery has affected their lives.

BMC Gala 2017

Addiction is here. So is BMC.

Daring Origins: Sarah Bagley, MD

Sarah Bagley, MD's work in addiction medicine led to the creation of the groundbreaking CATALYST Clinic which is solely dedicated to adolescents and young adults struggling with substance use.


Michael Botticelli on Continuing to Fight the Addiction Crisis

Addiction is the most pressing public health crisis of our time. It is a chronic, medical condition that can impair health and function and is characterized by repeated use of a substance despite harmful consequences. In this segment, Michael Botticelli, one of the nation's leading addiction experts, who served as the Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Obama and is currently the Director of Boston Medical Center's newly established Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, joins the show to discuss how policy makers, clinicians, patients and families in crisis from across the country are turning to BMC because of its expertise and leadership in caring for patients with addiction. Among the busiest, most comprehensive treatment centers for behavioral health and addiction treatment in the country, BMC has established a formal Addiction Center to help turn the tide on this national crisis.

Doctoring During the Addiction Crisis

From policy makers to clinicians to patients and families in crisis, people across the country are turning to Boston Medical Center because of its expertise and leadership in caring for patients with addiction. Among the busiest, most comprehensive treatment centers for behavioral health and addiction treatment in the country, BMC has long been an epicenter of innovation, creating replicable care models in the field, providing training to those at the front lines of the opioid crisis sweeping the nation, and conducting research. Now, BMC has established the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine. Listen as Alexander Y. Walley, MD and Jessica Gray, MD discuss the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine as a way to help turn the tide on this national crisis.