“The Pandemic Has Changed Addiction Treatment, Some Hope For Good.”

This segment from WBUR’s CommonHealth highlights the efforts of Boston Medical Center’s OBAT clinic to quickly adapt to provide accessible, remote care for patients. OBAT TTA’s Colleen LaBelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN, discusses how these efforts and regulatory changes have helped to normalize substance use disorder treatment and keep patients more engaged in their care.

To read the full transcription of this segment, please click here.

The Boston Globe’s Salute to Nurses – National Nurses Month 2020

May is National Nurses Month, a time to recognize all of the nation’s nurse heroes. OBAT TTA acknowledges all of the amazing work performed by nurses and thanks you for making a difference. 

We also wish to acknowledge our very own Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN, who was featured in the Boston Globe’s 2020 Salute to Nurses for the exceptional care he provides to patients.

To view the Salute to Nurses video on the Boston Globe website, click here.

NEW Video from our Experts – Incarceration and Opioid Use Disorder

“Reducing the Harms of Incarceration for People with Opioid Use Disorder”was written by Jonathan M. Giftos, MD, Medical Director, Addiction Medicine & Drug User Health (Project Renewal), Former Medical Director, Opioid Treatment Program (Correctional Health Services/Rikers Island), Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and featuring Karen Hannon, BSN, RN, LADAC II, CARN, Nurse Manager and Corrections Liaison, Office Based Addiction Treatment, Boston Medical Center. This is the eleventh video in a new series launched by Boston Medical Center’s OBAT TTA team–spearheaded by Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Research and Special Projects, which aims to provide clinical care teams with education on current issues in the field of addiction treatment.

The entire video series can be found on our website here: https://www.bmcobat.org/resources/?category=8

This video was produced by 1623 studios out of Gloucester, MA.

NEW Video from our Experts – Methadone and Prolonged QTc Interval

“Methadone and the risk of prolonged QTc Interval – A risk/benefit discussion” was written by Bradley M. Buchheit, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of  Medicine and Family Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University. This is the tenth video in a new series launched by Boston Medical Center’s OBAT TTA team–spearheaded by Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Research and Special Projects, which aims to provide clinical care teams with education on current issues in the field of addiction treatment.

The entire video series can be found on our website here: https://www.bmcobat.org/resources/?category=8

This video was produced by 1623 studios out of Gloucester, MA.

NEW Video from our Experts – HIV Prevention

“HIV Prevention in People Who Inject Drugs: PrEP and PEP” was written by Jessica Taylor, MD, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Faster Paths to Treatment, Boston Medical Center. This is the ninth video in a new series launched by Boston Medical Center’s OBAT TTA team–spearheaded by Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Research and Special Projects, which aims to provide clinical care teams with education on current issues in the field of addiction treatment.

The entire video series can be found on our website here: https://www.bmcobat.org/resources/?category=8

This video was produced by 1623 studios out of Gloucester, MA.

NEW Video from our Experts – Overdose Response Plans

“Be Prepared: Develop an Overdose Response Plan” was written by Donna Beers, MSN, RN-BC, CARN, Associate Director of the Care Continuum for the HEALing Communities Study Massachusetts. This is the eighth video in a new series launched by Boston Medical Center’s OBAT TTA team–spearheaded by Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Research and Special Projects, which aims to provide clinical care teams with education on current issues in the field of addiction treatment.

The entire video series can be found on our website here: https://www.bmcobat.org/resources/?category=8

This video was produced by 1623 studios out of Gloucester, MA.

NEW Video from our Experts – Safer Injection Practices

“Educating Clients on Safer Injection Practices” was written by Gabriel Wishik, MD, MPH, former physician provider for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program and current Instructor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. This is the seventh video released as part of an educational series launched by Boston Medical Center’s OBAT TTA team–spearheaded by Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Research and Special Projects–which aims to provide clinical care teams with education on current issues in the field of addiction treatment.

The entire video series can be found on our website here: https://www.bmcobat.org/resources/?category=8

This video was produced by 1623 studios out of Gloucester, MA.

OBAT TTA Video Series for Care Teams – Recent Videos

Five videos from the Office Based Addiction Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (OBAT TTA) team have been recently released! These videos are part of a series that aims to condense topical issues impacting the quickly-evolving field of substance use disorder treatment into bite-sized videos. Each video tackles a different topic and begins with a testimonial from an expert in the addiction field sharing their own first-hand experience, followed by an animated explainer segment.

These videos cover topics including the intersection of pain and addiction, written by Daniel Alford, MD, MPH; polysubstance use, written by Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc; challenging patient conversations, written by Lexie Bergeron, MPH, LCSW; family planning in addiction treatment settings, written by Annie L. Potter, MSN, MPH, NP, CARN-AP; and young adults with substance use disorder, written by Scott Hadland, MD, MPH, MS.

This videos project has been spearheaded by Alicia S. Ventura, MPH, Director of Special Projects and Research for OBAT. Videos were produced by 1623 Studios out of Gloucester, MA. Stay tuned for more videos to be released soon!