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:

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!



Podcast: The Importance of Family Engagement in Addiction Treatment

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:

Boston Medical Center Receives $89M in NIDA Funding to Reduce Opioid Deaths by 40%

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.

To read more about this study, click here.

If you’re interested in learning more about the nationwide HEAL Initiative, you can do so here.

Boston TAAB Study, Taking Place in BMC’s OBAT Clinic, Featured in Addiction Professional

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.

CATALYST Medical Director, Sarah Bagley, MD, Talks Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Use

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.

Join Our Addiction Chat Live!

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.

Thursday mornings from 7:00am-7:50am

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