Quality & Science

Editorial Comment 3/16/2021: Advancing Racial Justice in Addiction Medicine

by Editor-in-Chief: Dr. William Haning, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM | March 16, 2021

The readers may be best served this week with a renewed link to the 25 February 2021 policy on racial justice:

https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/public-policy-statements/asam-policy-statement-on-racial-justiced7a33a9472bc604ca5b7ff000030b21a.pdf?sfvrsn=5a1f5ac2_2

My understanding of social movements is that they are most likely to be successful if 1) their adoption costs the opposition nothing tangible; 2) they are tied to a shared, positive experience (as in “marriage”); and 3) they are persistent, as the drumming of raindrops on a stone.  Brevity helps; the linked document is all of 4 pages before the references, and its recommendations occupy only one page.  Perhaps start with the “Recommendations”, please, and then you will feel your time best-respected.

If you find the concepts and the reasoning are exportable to your own work or other professional setting, please cite freely.  The greater the concord, the greater the momentum to long-delayed remedies.

- Editor-in-Chief: Dr. William Haning, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM