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PRIMARY: Brendan McEntee

Phone: 301-656-3920 x110


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National Practice Guideline Stakeholder Summit Press Conference

68 people a day die in the United States due to overdose from heroin and prescribed opioids. Join ASAM for a discussion about how to address the opioid overdose epidemic through the use of medications in the treatment of addiction, a chronic, but treatable disease of the brain. ASAM will release several clinical practice resources, that if implemented, could save the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year.

Press release

Press Conference / Event Logistics

  • Date & Time: Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 8:30 am - 10:35 am ET
  • Location: The National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

​Speakers (in speaking order)

  • R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, FASAM, ASAM President
  • Margaret Jarvis, MD, FASAM, Chair, ASAM Quality Improvement Council (QIC)
  • Kyle Kampman, MD, Chair, Guideline Writing Committee
  • Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention (via telephone)
  • Kana Enomoto, MA, Acting Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Richard Frank, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • June Sivilli, MA, Treatment Branch Chief, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President (Invited)
  • Don Flattery, Member, Virginia Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse

Speaker Biographies

Electronic Media Kit & Media Resources

Event Agenda
National Practice Guideline Frequently Asked Questions
Guideline App & Handbook Information
Don Flattery, Impacted Family Statement


To attend, please email Brendan McEntee with your credentials at

Breaking News

  • 10/9/2015

    ASAM National Practice Guideline Stakeholder Summit Held

    More than ten medical societies, eight federal agencies and other patient and payer organizations met on September 24 to discuss strategies to help accelerate the adoption of ASAM's newly released National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use.

  • 9/29/2015

    2016 Ruth Fox Scholarship Open to Applicants

    The Ruth Fox scholarship program was started to encourage emerging physicians-in-training to pursue the addiction medicine field. It is important for ASAM to provide the education for these new physicians to identify and treat patients with addictive disorders because many medical schools do not include addiction medicine coursework or rotations.

  • 9/25/2015

    ASAM Issues New Policy Statement on Marijuana, Cannabinoids and Legalization

    The new policy statement addresses the broad public health and safety aspects of current efforts to legalize marijuana use.

  • 9/24/2015

    National Practice Guideline and Associated Products at Press Conference and Stakeholder Summit

    ASAM convened stakeholders, including several medical societies, eight federal agencies, patient and payers organizations at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for a press conference and stakeholder summit to announce and accelerate the adoption of its newly released National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use (National Practice Guideline) and associated products.

  • 9/19/2015

    HHS Announces Planned Changes to Buprenorphine Prescribing Regulations

  • 9/14/2015

    ONDCP Online Event Focuses on Youth in Recovery

    On September 17, 2015 from 7:00-8:00PM ET, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will host an online event at the White House in celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) with a special focus on youth in recovery. You are encouraged to host a viewing party of your friends, family, and stakeholders. With your help, this event will be a significant occasion to celebrate and inspire millions of young persons in recovery, and raise awareness about critical resources and commitments needed to help other young people in their journeys.

  • 9/10/2015

    Increased marijuana, heroin use contribute to highest reported illicit drug use in more than a decade

    Findings from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), released today, reveal the percentage of Americans aged 12 or older who used an illicit drug in 2014 was higher than in every year between 2002 and 2013, driven primarily by increases in marijuana use, sustained rates of nonmedical pain reliever use, and increases in heroin use.

  • 9/2/2015

    Clinton Campaign Releases 10-year, $10 billion Addiction Initiative

    Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed a 10-year, $10 billion initiative to combat addiction in the US. Under the plan, the federal government would invest $7.5 billion in partnerships with the states.


Journalists who are employed by accredited news organizations attend special meetings and events for the purpose of editorial coverage will be granted media credentials. To qualify, journalists must contact Brendan McEntee ( or  301-656-3920 x110 and provide the following:

  1. Letter verifying assignment to the meeting on the letterhead of the news organization being represented.
  2. Media identification (such as an international, accredited press pass or an official media-outlet-issued credential).
  3. Documentary film crews and video production companies must submit a written request in advance of the annual meeting no less than one week prior to ASAM that includes information about the purpose of attending the event, synopsis of film/video/documentary, and information on the supporters of the project.

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