Officials gathered at the Boston Medical Center to announce the largest private gift in the hospital's history. The $25 million donation will be used to address the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.
The gift from the Grayken family, of Massachusetts and London, will establish the BMC Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine. Its goal is to provide enhanced research into addiction, offer and track treatment and train doctors and others about substance use disorders. Senator Ed Markey told the Grayken family that the gift will save tens of thousands of lives:
"There's never been an issue like this that is affected our state and our nation. Your leadership today is going to help turn the corner on this disease so children will have to look to the history books to find that there ever was such a scourge."
BMC officials say it's the largest donation for addiction medicine in the US in the past decade.