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Sunday, April 17th

  • News April 16, 2016

    Policy Plenary Addresses Issues with Parity and the ACA

    The 2016 Policy Plenary addressed ongoing opportunities and challenges inherent in implementing health reform and the specific patient protections of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008. During “Parity and the ACA: Implementation Update and Issues on the Horizon for Addiction Medicine,” attendees heard a general update on the status of the law’s implementation, specifically as it relates to commercial insurance plans and Medicaid-managed care plans.
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  • News April 16, 2016

    Session to Highlight Advances in CUD Detection, Treatment

    As legalization of medical and recreational cannabis grows, so will the increased resources for detection and treatment of cannabis use disorder (CUD). The latest developments in detecting and treating CUD will be shared today and attendees are invited to participate in the discussion. “Advances in Cannabis Use Disorder Detection and Treatment,” which will take place from 10 to 11:30 am in Key Ballroom 9-10 on the second floor, will also help attendees learn how the latest CUD screening and treatment methods can be integrated into their health care settings.
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  • News April 16, 2016

    Addressing Pain and Addiction among Veterans

    Pain is the primary reason active duty service members and veterans seek medical attention. The subsequent high rate of opioid use in the military and among veterans during the past decade is associated with high levels of substance misuse and accidental overdoses. Sunday’s focus session “Pain and Addiction Issues in Veterans,” which takes place from 10 to 11:30 am in Key Ballroom 8 on the second floor, will discuss how to best evaluate and treat veterans and active members of the military with substance-related disorders and chronic pain issues.
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  • News April 16, 2016

    Session to Explore Six Perspectives on Medical Cannabis

    As public interest and state-level approval of medical cannabis grow in the United States, so does the likelihood that the drug will one day affect your practice. To help attendees better understand this phenomenon, a multi-disciplinary team of experts will address the topic from multiple perspectives to provide clinicians with evidence-based information in “Perspectives on Medical Cannabis: Historical, Legal, Scientific, Clinical, Public Health, Public Policy,” which takes place from 8 to 9:30 am today in Key Ballroom 9-10 on the second floor.
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  • News April 16, 2016

    ASAM Conducts Meeting with National Press Foundation

    Issues surrounding addiction medicine can be complex and difficult to understand. This fact poses a challenge to members of the media as they attempt to disseminate information to their audience in an easy-to-understand format while on deadline. To help establish a deeper understanding of such complicated subjects and frequent developments in addiction medicine, ASAM conducted a meeting with the National Press Foundation during the Annual Conference. The foundation aims to increase journalists' knowledge of complex issues to improve public understanding.
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  • News April 16, 2016

    Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Continues Growth

    Last year, the Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund — which was established to secure ASAM’s future development — marked its 25th anniversary with a renewed focus to reach its original fundraising goal of $10 million.
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  • News April 16, 2016

    Session to Address Women’s Reproductive Health in SUD Treatment

    Women with substance use disorders (SUD) often have unmet reproductive health care needs. Subsequently, rates of effective contraceptive use are low, and rates of unintended pregnancies are high. Health care reform has emphasized the need for, and benefit of, integrated services, yet women's reproductive health needs are rarely considered in substance use disorder treatment.
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  • News April 16, 2016

    Expanding Access to Naloxone Kits

    One of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ three priorities in responding to the country’s opioid epidemic is the expanded use of naloxone kits available to communities. The logistics of this were discussed Saturday during "Prescribe to Prevent Overdose: Naloxone Rescue Kits for Patients and Families."
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Saturday, April 16th

  • Business session
    News April 15, 2016

    Members Hear Society Updates During Annual Business Meeting Breakfast

    The Member Business Meeting and Special Advocacy Update breakfast is an opportunity for ASAM members to learn about the state of the organization. Friday morning, members heard from Drs. Paul Earley and Jeffery Wilkins, candidates for ASAM President-Elect, in advance of the election this fall. Dr. Earley serves on the Board of Directors as a Director-At-Large in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Wilkins also serves on the board as California’s Regional Director.
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  • Nora Volkow
    News April 15, 2016

    Follow-Up Discussion with NIDA About Available Naloxone Options

    During Friday’s Opening Scientific Plenary, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow, MD, discussed an intranasal formulation of naloxone during her talk “The Opioid Crisis: What Can We Do To Curtail It?” The formulation, Narcan Nasal Spray, was developed in conjunction with NIDA and approved by the FDA last fall. Following the plenary session, the ASAM Conference Daily discussed the full range of naloxone options for treating opioid overdose with NIDA Deputy Director Wilson Compton, MD, MPE.
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  • poster sessions and awards
    News April 15, 2016

    ASAM to Recognize Posters, JAM Presents Awards

    Four posters submitted for ASAM’s abstract awards competition will be recognized during ASAM’s Annual Awards Luncheon, a ticketed event, which takes place from 12:30 to 2:30 pm today in Holiday Ballroom 4-6 on the second floor. On Friday, the Journal of Addiction Medicine presented its two annual awards.
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  • News April 15, 2016

    Speaker Turns Personal Tragedy Into Advocacy

    Before Damien Christopher Warsavage, YE-CRS, CRS, spoke about the transformative work of Young People in Recovery Friday afternoon, he explained to attendees the “why” behind his work with young adults in addiction recovery. Two years ago this month, he received a call from his mother that his brother, Allen Christopher, 26, died from a heroin overdose after coming out of rehab. His death devastated his family. Then, days later on the morning that his brother’s life was to be celebrated, tragedy struck again.
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  • News April 15, 2016

    ASAM Puts Spotlight on Marijuana’s Legalization

    As recreational and medicinal marijuana increasingly become legal in the United States and around the world, the addiction medicine community’s focus on the drug continues to grow. Along with the changes in marijuana’s legality are a host of claims surrounding the drug’s medicinal benefits. Jag H. Khalsa, MS, PhD, said attendees will get the latest clinical data on the drug during the symposium, “International Aspects of Medicinal Marijuana and its Legalization” from 11 am to 12:30 pm Saturday in Holiday Ballroom 1-2 on the second floor.
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  • News April 11, 2016

    Annual Awards Luncheon to Bestow 12 Awards Today

    ASAM will honor a dozen people who have made notable contributions to the field of addiction medicine and policy today during its Annual Awards Luncheon. The ticketed event, which will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 pm today, includes a new award, ASAM Educator of the Year. “Once again we have an astounding range of expertise and initiative from individuals who are, by and large, overdue to receive these honors,” said Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, DFAPA, Immediate Past President for ASAM.
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  • News April 15, 2016

    Learning from Maryland’s Models of Care

    With the 2016 ASAM Annual Conference taking place in Maryland, some of the state’s top addiction specialists are excited to highlight how the state is dealing with addiction. A panel from the Free State will lead attendees through “Transforming Addiction Treatment through Innovative Models of Care: Insights from Maryland,” which will take place from 11 am to 12:30 pm today in the Johnson Room on the first floor.
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  • News April 15, 2016

    Relationship Between Reduction in Drug Use, Improved Health Examined

    A series of questions led to a new kind of session Friday afternoon — one organizers believe is a first for ASAM. Rather than discussing the effects of continued drug use, the opposite was examined during “Reduction in Drug Use and Improved Health.” “This is very new,” said Jag H. Khalsa, MS, PhD, Chief of the Medical Consequences Branch (Drug Abuse and Infections), DPMC, National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Maryland, who moderated the session. “This is the first time we have presented this concept at ASAM. All these years, we have been talking about adverse consequences of drugs of abuse. Then we thought, ‘Should we think about what if we reduce drug use? Would it not reduce adverse consequences right away? Would it improve health?’”
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  • News April 15, 2016

    Medications, Research Related to Treating AUD Reviewed

    Not everyone sees medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders (SUD) in the same light. This fact was explained Friday morning during “MAT for SUD: Review of Medications, Research Evidence, and Implementation Effort Disparities.” The symposium began with a presentation on the perception of MAT in communities treating alcohol and opioid use disorders.
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Friday, April 15th

  • ACDN-1
    News April 14, 2016

    Welcome to the ASAM 47th Annual Conference

    The annual conference is the largest gathering of addiction medical specialists who treat patients with substance abuse disorders. Here you’ll find the latest innovations and scientific developments in addiction medicine. Changes in this year’s conference format and structure have been made to create a more interactive, casual and fun learning environment for attendees. “The planning committee changed, in a subtle way, the format for this conference and tried to make it more user-friendly,” ASAM President R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM, said. “We’re welcoming people to develop specialized skills in the management of addiction. We hope they feel that their individual perspective is valued and engaged by ASAM.”
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  • OPS Speakers
    News April 14, 2016

    Opening Scientific Plenary Showcases Exciting, Insightful Speakers

    The ASAM 47th Annual Conference kicks off with the exciting Opening Scientific Plenary, led by ASAM President R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM. The plenary, which takes place from 8:30 am to 10:00 am Friday in the Holiday Ballroom, second floor, features an impressive lineup of ASAM award winners and leaders in the addiction medicine field.
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  • H. Westley Clark
    News April 14, 2016

    Pre-Conference Courses Offer In-Depth Learning

    Many attendees got a head start on the 2016 ASAM Annual Conference by participating in one of two pre-conference courses on Thursday: “The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine” and “ASAM Pain and Addiction: Common Threads.”
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  • News April 14, 2016

    2016 Ruth Fox Scholars Announced

    “We have an outstanding array of physicians this year who will join the other more than 80 physicians who have preceded them in carrying the title of Ruth Fox Scholars,” said Andrea Barthwell, MD, FASAM, DABAM, Chair of the Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund Committee. “We believe that they will distinguish themselves in the same way that the others before them have.”
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  • News April 14, 2016

    President’s Symposium to Explore Advances in Pain Management

    The symposium, which will take place from 4 to 5:30 pm Friday in Holiday Ballroom 1-3 on the second floor, also will explore the challenging overlap between chronic pain and addiction, and the complexities of inter-professional collaboration.
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  • News April 14, 2016

    ASAM Drug Testing Document to Address Appropriateness for Addiction Treatment

    On January 20, 2016, ASAM’s Board of Directors approved the development of a drug testing document using the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Methodology, the same methodology used to develop ASAM’s National Practice Guideline.
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