About the Newsletter

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence is a free online newsletter summarizing the latest clinically relevant research on substance use and health. Through summaries of important alcohol and other drug research published in peer-reviewed journals, downloadable teaching presentations, and feature articles on substance use research ethics, the newsletter provides valuable information to improve clinical teaching, practice, and research. The newsletter also includes dedicated sections on prescription drugs and pain as well as HIV/HCV as they relate to alcohol and other drug use.


The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and Alcohol, Other Drugs & Health: Current Evidence are partnering with the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine to create the Richard Saitz Addiction Medicine Editorial Internship for one addiction medicine fellow. The editorial intern will be mentored by senior addiction medicine faculty to gain experience in rigorous review of the addiction medicine literature and the field of academic publishing.  The internship, which will be directed by Darius Rastegar, MD, from Johns Hopkins Medicine, will commence on October 1 and require the selected intern to spend approximately 5 hours per month on several tasks included in the official position description and application form. The selected fellow will receive a $2,000 stipend for the work.

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year will open in August, 2024. If you have questions, contact AOD Health Editorial Director Casy Calver at katherine.calver@bmc.org.


Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence is a project of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center, produced in cooperation with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Initially supported by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the newsletter was supported by grant no. R25-DA013582 (PI: Dr Jeffrey Samet) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) until 2022. The newsletter’s founding co-Editor-in-Chief was the late Richard Saitz, MD.

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of Boston Medical Center, NIDA, the National Institutes of Health, or the authors of the articles we review. Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence is intended for educational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. All patient information has been modified to protect their identities. To learn more about the original newsletter, visit www.bumc.bu.edu/care/education-and-training-programs/act-project.