2020 National Practice Guideline - OUD

National Practice Guideline

This Practice Guideline was developed for the treatment of opioid use disorder and the prevention of opioid overdose-related deaths


The ASAM National Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder - 2020 Focused Update

The ASAM National Practice Guideline 2020 focused update is intended to inform and empower clinicians, health system administrators, criminal justice system administrators, and policymakers who are interested in implementing evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for individuals with OUD. This is especially critical in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, which threatens to curtail patient access to evidence-based treatment.  

The document is an update to the previous NPG released in 2015 and includes major revisions to 35 existing recommendations, along with the addition of 13 new recommendations.

This focused update was developed over the course of 14 months with consensus from an independent committee of experts and the use of a rigorous RAND/RAM methodology facilitated by researchers from Research Triangle Institute (RTI).


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Executive Summary  

The Journal of Addiction Medicine features an executive summary on the National Practice Guideline that describes the rationale and process for creating this guideline, and summarizes the recommendations. 


Pocket Guide

Official ASAM National Practice Guideline quick-reference tools provide healthcare providers with instant access to current guideline in a clear concise format.

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Patient Pocket Guide English

Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends

Patient Pocket Guide Espanol

Tratamiento de la adicción a los opioides: una guía para pacientes, familiares y amigos


2020 National Practice Guideline

Access the full the ASAM National Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder - 2020 Focused Update.


Webinar: Adolescents and Young Adults


Thursday, September 24, 2020; 1:00 pm ET

Adolescents and young adults present for treatment with a broad spectrum of opioid use disorder severity with a range of co-occurring medical and psychiatric illnesses. The treatment of youth with opioid use disorder presents many unique medical, legal, and ethical dilemmas that may complicate treatment. Given these unique issues, adolescents and young adults often benefit from services designed specifically for them. This webinar will provide an overview of the new and updated recommendations and in-depth information on treating youth with OUD from the ASAM National Practice Guideline.


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