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ASAM Weekly Commentary

  • May 18, 2021

    Editorial Comment 5/18/2021: This Week in the Weekly

    This Week in the Weekly.. We have some important articles this week about opioids. An interesting study from the journal Nature found that people with COVID-19 exhibit higher risk of death and health resource utilization beyond the first 30 days of illness and more specifically, have an increased use of pain medications, antidepressants and anxiolytics along with other prescribed medications. - Editor-in-Chief: Nicholas Athanasiou, MD , MBA , FASAM
  • May 11, 2021

    Editorial Comment 5/11/2021: This Week in the Weekly

    This Week in the Weekly… The federal government has been making some headlines: the Biden administration is extending a ban on fentanyl-like substances (NBC News), proposing a ban on menthol cigarettes (NY Times), and most importantly (especially if you were a little heartbroken back in January), HHS is relaxing the recommendations to prescribing buprenorphine ( - Editor-in-Chief: Nicholas Athanasiou, MD , MBA , FASAM
  • May 11, 2021

    Editorial Comment 5/11/2021: Addiction and The Law

    This week I have the remarkable opportunity to sit on a (virtual) dais sponsored by the American Bar Association, on endemic opioid use disorder. I get to bask in the rays of knowledge of many fine minds and assiduous pathfinders. Among these will be our own advocacy staff, who have been central to the writing of our opioid used disorder (OUD) treatment policy for correctional facilities, as well as policies for those among our membership seeking or needing assistance. Participating will be Presidents of the ABA, the AMA, the APA, and ASAM. It’s a pretty remarkable forum. And it stimulates attention to several websites, including ASAM’s own ASAM Treatment in Correction Settings Toolkit and the ASAM Public Policy Statement on Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Correctional Settings - Emeritus Editor: William Haning, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM
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