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!
In this article on Boston Medical Center’s Health City newsletter, OBAT TTA’s Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN, shares insights on getting ahead of methamphetamine use, a mounting concern in the opioid crisis.
In this episode of Boston Med Talks, Sarah Bagley, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine and Director of the CATALYST Program at Boston Medical Center, and Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Special Projects and Research, Office Based Addiction Treatment at Boston Medical Center, share how to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorders, what goes on during recovery month, and the importance of family engagement in addiction treatment. Access the podcast here: https://radiomd.com/bmc/item/40692-the-importance-of-family-engagement-in-addiction-treatment
As part of the NIH HEAL Initiative, Boston Medical Center will partner with 16 communities across the state of Massachusetts in order to implement Office Based Addiction Treatment and other services, with the goal of reducing opioid deaths by 40% over 3 years.
The NIDA-funded TAAB Study recently started enrolling patients within BMC’s OBAT clinic, with the aim of finding out whether technology-driven directly observed therapy can help improve adherence to medication for addiction treatment. Intervention study participants will use the eMocha mobile app over a 12-week study period in order to film short daily videos of themselves taking their buprenorphine.
Alicia Ventura, MPH, OBAT TTA’s Director of Special Projects and Research, was recently interviewed by Addiction Professional for an article about the research study. To read the article, click here.
Dr. Sarah Bagley, Medical Director of BMC’s Center for Addiction Treatment for Adolescents/Young Adults who Use Substances (CATALYST), has recently been featured in a TAG Talk from the Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health.
[Image from Office of Adolescent Health Bulletin, November 9th, 2018 .]
In the video, Dr. Bagley discusses why adolescents choose to use drugs and alcohol, how it can be detrimental to their health, and what health professionals and parents can due to prevent adolescent use. The Office of Adolescent Health has also provided useful tools for providers and families to start discussions around adolescent substance use.
You can view the video and access the tools at the Office of Adolescent Health’s website here. The video can also be watched on our Provider Resources page, under the “Special Populations” category.
OBAT TTA is starting a new, weekly Addiction Chat Live to provide support for providers. Each chat will feature informal, interactive case conferencing and discussion led by the BMC OBAT team and peers.
Boston Medical Center and OBAT TTA will be recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) in support of the thousands of individuals and families who have been affected by overdoses. By bringing awareness to overdose, the goal of IOAD is to lessen the stigma that harms people with substance use disorders and acknowledge the grief felt by loved ones of those lost to overdose.
The current scale of the opioid epidemic shows that no community is immune to being faced with drug-related deaths. Communities, families, people who use drugs, government officials, international organizations, businesses and policy makers must come together in a shared effort to reduce the tragedy of overdose.
If you would like to read more about International Overdose Awareness Day or see the calendar of events being held on August 31st, please visit https://www.overdoseday.com/
OBAT TTA is a program of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 514-bed academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End and the largest safety-net hospital in New England.