Boston Medical Center receives $25 million to fight drug abuse
Boston Medical Center has received a $25 million donation—the largest in its history—to help open a new opioid treatment center to combat the drug abuse epidemic.
The donation from billionaire investor John Grayken and his wife, Eilene, will fund the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine. It is the largest donation in Boston Medical Center’s history and also marks the largest private gift made in years toward addressing the issue of addiction.
BMC President and CEO Kate Walsh said it’s unique for someone in philanthropic circles to make a contribution of that size toward the research, education and prevention of drug abuse.
While the opioid epidemic has drawn increased attention to addiction issues in recent years, private donations for combating the disease have been few and far between over the past 20 years. Walsh called the Graykens’ donation a “leadership gift” that she hopes will encourage others to provide similar philanthropic support.