The opioid epidemic is the biggest public health crisis of our time. Over the past five years, more people in the United States have died from overdoses involving opioids than from HIV/AIDS, firearms, or breast cancer. Between 2 and 4 million Americans are now estimated to have an opioid use disorder, and another 10 million have misused prescription opioids in the past year. Overdose deaths—the vast majority attributable to opioids—hit 72,000 in 2017, the most ever.
The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center (BMC) is at the forefront of the opioid fight. As an academic medical center and safety-net hospital serving the most vulnerable patients in Massachusetts, BMC has been a leader in addiction treatment since well before the current crisis began. The Grayken Center’s multidisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers is battling the crisis on multiple fronts, rapidly innovating and testing new ways of delivering treatment in a variety of health care settings, reducing the number of prescribed opioids, and training providers and residents to effectively treat patients with addiction. In contrast to traditional inpatient detox units, the Grayken Center programs are embedded wherever patients receive standard medical care, including the ER, primary care clinics, adolescent care, obstetrics and more. The team works with each patient through every stage of addiction—whether it involves opioids, alcohol, other drugs or a combination—and well into recovery.
Team BMC athletes will fight the opioid epidemic plaguing our community by raising funds to support BMC's comprehensive treatment programs serving adolescents and emerging adults who have begun to experiment with substances with the hope of preventing addiction, as well as patients who have already developed a substance use disorder (SUD).
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to support BMC’s Grayken Center for Addiction, which is committed to making long-term recovery a reality for every patient.
To read more about BMC’s Grayken Center for Addiction, please click here.
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