After a spat with the RMV, this BMC researcher is taking his ‘NARCAN’ license plate on the road

The Registry of Motor Vehicles originally rejected Stephen Murray’s application to have ‘NARCAN’ as a license plate, stating it was too “vulgar”. Then, after receiving pushback, the RMV reversed its decision. Murray, an overdose researcher at BMC, hopes that his new license plate aids in eliminating the stigma surrounding this life-saving drug and the people who need it.

Click here to read this Boston Globe article by Spencer Buell.

Podcast: The Impact of Addiction on Families

Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Special Projects and Research for the Grayken Center for Addiction TTA Program at Boston Medical Center, joins the Right Mind Media Podcast to share what families can do to positively affect the outcome for their loved one with a substance use disorder. Click here to access the episode.

Victoria Adeleye, PMHNP-BC, CARN, Awarded REACH Fellowship

Victoria, a former Nurse Care Manager in the OBAT clinic and current psychiatric nurse practitioner in BMC’s Addiction and Behavioral Outpatient Recovery (ABOVE) program, was recently selected as a Recognizing and Eliminating Disparities in Addiction through Culturally-informed Healthcare (REACH) Scholar for the 2021-2022 cohort.

Based in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, this one-year fellowship aims to increase the overall number of racial and ethnic underrepresented minority addiction specialists in the Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine workforce and to increase the number of addiction specialists adequately trained to work with racial and ethnic minority patients with substance use disorders. Victoria’s work with the REACH program will specifically focus on utilizing faith-based community interventions to engage racial and ethnic minority patients in addiction care.

More information about the REACH training program is available here. Please join us in congratulating Victoria on this exciting fellowship!

BMC MAT Quick Start: Now Available!

BMC OBAT TTA+ is thrilled to announce the release of a mobile application to support clinicians providing evidence-based treatment to patients with opioid use disorder. The BMC MAT Quick Start App is now available to download, free of charge, for both Apple and Android devices. A web-based version of this application is also available on our website.


The app utilizes interactive clinical algorithms to walk clinicians through each step of the medication initiation process and pain management recommendations for patients with OUD. These algorithms are also available to download on our website under “Resources”.


The app does not replace clinical decision-making and is meant to help inform clinicians regarding the use of medications for opioid use disorder. Resources to learn more, including practice guidelines, patient handouts, and links to external organizations are also available through the app.


We would like to applaud our team members, Annie Potter, MSN, MPH, NP, CARN-AP; Andrea Caputo, DNP, FNP-BC, CARN-AP; and Shereen Sodder, BA, for leading this exciting initiative.

You can access the app at the following links:
Our website: https://www.addictiontraining.org/quick-start/
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bmc-mat-quick-start/id1524468581
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.bmcobat.app


NEW Videos from Our Experts – Ethical Dilemmas in Treatment, Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder, and Bacterial Infections and SUDs

The OBAT TTA team has released our final three videos in this series which aims to provide clinical care teams with education on current issues in the field of addiction treatment. These videos cover ethical dilemmas in inpatient treatment of substance use disorder, written by Zoe Weinstein, MD, MSc; medications for alcohol use disorder, written by Richard Saitz, MD, MPH; and bacterial infections in patients with substance use disorders, written by Simeon Kimmel, MD, MA.

This video series was spearheaded by Alicia Ventura, MPH, OBAT TTA’s Director of Research and Special Projects, and produced by 1623 Studios out of Gloucester, MA. The entire video series can be found on our website here: https://www.addictiontraining.org/resources/videos.php?category=8.

We hope you and your teams have enjoyed these short informational videos and have found them helpful to your practice. Stay tuned for more exciting projects like this from the OBAT TTA team!

NEW Video from Our Experts – Initiating Buprenorphine in Opioid Naive Patients

“Initiation of Buprenorphine in Patients who are NOT Opioid Dependent” was written by Kristin Wason, MSN, AGPCNP, CARN, Clinical Educator, Office Based Addiction Treatment; Instructor of Medicine, Boston University and Boston Medical Center. This is the twelfth video in a 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.addictiontraining.org/resources/?category=8

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