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News & Announcements

  • 3/13/2014

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Primary Care Interventions

    On March 10th, the Task Force published a final recommendation statement on primary care behavioral interventions to reduce illicit drug and nonmedical pharmaceutical use in children and adolescents. ASAM submitted comments which expressed concerns about unintended consequences that may result from the Task Force’s recommendations.

  • 2/17/2014

    Standards of Care for the Addiction Specialist Physician Document Released

    The Practice Improvement and Performance Measurement Action Group has published Standards of Care for the Addiction Specialist Physician.

  • 1/22/2014

    President Comments on Marijuana Use, ASAM Expresses Concern

    ASAM expresses its concern that the President's comments regarding marijuana use in the January 27, 2014 edition of The New Yorker magazine may contribute to the growing misperception among America's youth that marijuana is harmless. ASAM finds insufficient evidence to support the notion that the public health benefits of using the illicit drug outweighs the dangers to users and to their communities.

  • 12/18/2013

    NIDA Releases 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) Results

    The most recent findings of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s MTF study show significant decreases in cigarette smoking and drinking among our nation’s adolescents. The study also reflects a decline in past year nonmedical use of prescription drugs and in synthetic marijuana use (a.k.a., “K2” or “spice”). Unfortunately, the study also reflects the continued increase in adolescent use of marijuana; results that parallel the continued decline in perceptions of harm related to marijuana use among all adolescent age groups.

  • 12/16/2013

    ASAM Releases White Paper on Drug Testing

    On December 12, 2013, ASAM released a white paper that reviews the science and current practice of drug testing and promotes it as a primary prevention, diagnostic, and monitoring tool in the management of addiction or drug misuse in medical practice.

  • 11/8/2013

    ASAM Applauds Release of Final Parity Regulations

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) applauds the Secretaries of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury for releasing final regulations that implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).

  • 11/4/2013

    ASAM Applauds FDA Recommendation to Reschedule Hydrocodone

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) applauds the FDA’s recommendation to reschedule hydrocodone combination products into a more tightly controlled class of narcotics. ASAM has advocated for the rescheduling of hydrocodone combination products since September 2011, when it sent a letter to the FDA Commissioner in response to an Associated Press news story that called the level of hydrocodone abuse a “national crisis.” ASAM has since sent additional letters to the FDA, has testified before the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and has supported U.S. House and Senate legislative language, all calling for the rescheduling of hydrocodone.

  • 10/28/2013

    ASAM's Legislative Day Wrap-Up

    On October 23rd, ASAM hosted Legislative Day at Capitol Hill. Legislative Day is an opportunity for ASAM members to meet with their Congressional leaders to discuss key ASAM issues, share concerns and impart their expertise on issues related to drug and addiction treatment policies. The day began with an advocacy training and breakfast orientation in Washington, D.C. Congressman Tim Ryan (Ohio) spoke at the morning’s event, provided tips and answered members’ questions.

  • 10/25/2013

    ASAM Releases New Treatment Criteria, Modernizing Care for Addictive Disorders

    ASAM announced today the release of its new criteria for addiction treatment, The ASAM Criteria, and its intention to develop a quality review program with the Treatment Research Institute.

  • 10/23/2013

    ASAM Commends Defense Department for Decision to Cover Addiction Medications

    ASAM applauds the U.S. Department of Defense for its recent decision to allow coverage of medications for the treatment of drug addiction, so beneficiaries who suffer from this treatable chronic disorder can receive potentially life-saving drugs.

Press Releases

ASAM Press Release on Standards of Care for Addiction Specialist Physicians 2014-02-20

ASAM Press Release on Improving Methadone Patient Safety 2014-01-22

ASAM Press Release on Obama New Yorker Comments 2014-01-21

ASAM Press Release on Drug Testing White Paper 2013-12-12

ASAM Applauds Release on Final Parity Regulations 2013-11-08

ASAM Applauds FDA Recommendation to Reschedule Hydrocodone 2013-10-31

ASAM Releases New Treatment Criteria, Modernizing Care for Addictive Disorders 2013-10-25

ASAM Commends Defense Department for Decision to Cover Addiction Medications 2013-10-23

SAMSHA Awards $3 Million Grant to Educate Physicians on Evidence-Based Approaches to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence 2013-09-10

ASAM Reacts to CNN's "Weed" 2013-08-12

ASAM Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices 2013-08-07

AMA Adopts ASAM Resolution Opposing Third-Party Payor Restrictions on Opioid Use Pharmacotherapies 2013-06-24

Effective Rx Thwarted for Deadly Opioid Epidemic 2013-06-20

ASAM Supports Patient Access to Pharmalogical Therapies for Opioid Use Disorders 2013-04-29

ASAM and Former DEA Administrator Call on Illinois Senate to Defeat Marijuana Legislation 2013-04-25

ASAM Applauds ONDCP's 2013 National Drug Control Strategy: Supports Reforms Rooted in Science 2013-04-24

ASAM Launches Initiative to Advance Patient Access to Addiction Medications 2013-02-25

CO*RE Educational Initiative to Address Extended Release/ Long Acting Opioid REMS Receives Funding 2013-01-24

ASAM Press Release on 2011 NSDUH Results 2012-09-25

ASAM Opposes State Measures to Legalize Marijuana 2012-07-30

ASAM Press Release on CASA Report 2012-06-25

ASAM Smithers Award Announcement 2012-04-18

ASAM John P. McGovern Award Announcement 2012-04-18

ASAM Awards General Announcement 2012-04-18

ONDCP 2012 Drug Control Strategy 2012-04-17

JAM Internet Addiction and Drug Use in Teens 2012-02-13

ASAM Policy Statement Prescription Drug Diversion 2012-01-26

Addiction Medicine Groups and ONDCP - Prescription Drug Abuse 2011-04-20

ASAM Partners with FRI 2011-11-21

ASAM Position on Marijuana Legalization 2011-10-27

ASAM Definition of Addiction 2011-08-15

ASAM Fellow Program 2010-04-17

ASAM President Donald Kurth on Leave of Absence 2011-06-16

ASAM Press Release on Medical Marijuana 2010-03-23

Media Contacts

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