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In total, alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use exacts more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care. For every $1 invested into prevention and early treatment programs, up to $10 can be saved in costs related to substance use disorders.

ASAM supports a wide variety of measures to prevent alcohol- and other drug-related problems, understanding that carefully thought-out prevention measures have demonstrably reduced the early onset of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and addiction in some populations and contributed to a reduction in deaths and serious injury resulting from drug-related illnesses and accidents.

ASAM advocates for public awareness of addiction as a chronic disease, the inclusion of education related to addiction in medical and other health professional school curricula, mandatory training for all prescribers of controlled substances and expanded use of naloxone as measures that can help prevent risky substance use, the disease of addiction and related overdose deaths.

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Public Policy Statement on Prevention

ASAM supports a wide variety of measures to prevent alcohol and other drug related problems in contemporary society, understanding that carefully thought out prevention measures have demonstrably reduced the early onset of alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use in some populations.


Healthcare Provider Resources


Hepatitis C Infection

Learn more about ASAM's recommendations regarding the prevention, treatment, and insurance coverage of HCV.

Public Policy Statement on Use of Naloxone for the Prevention of Drug Overdose Deaths

Learn more about ASAM's recommendations and broader policy position regarding naloxone use and access.


AMA Opioid Task Force

The AMA Opioid Task Force created recommendations that physicians can take to help ensure safe storage and disposal of expired, unwanted or unused medications.

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HHS Guidance on Naloxone for Healthcare Providers and Patients

Adm. Brett P. Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health and senior advisor for opioid policy, released guidance for healthcare providers and patients detailing how naloxone can help save lives and should be prescribed to all patients at risk for opioid complications, including overdose.


The ASAM National Practice Guideline

The ASAM National Practice Guideline and associated resources provide information on evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorder and the use of naloxone to prevent opioid overdose deaths.


DrugFacts: HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse: Intertwined Epidemics

This resource created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides background information on the link between substance use and HIV transmission as well as other infectious diseases.

Viral Hepatitis—A Very Real Consequence of Substance Use

This resource created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides background information on the link between substance use and viral hepatitis.

HIV Basics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created this resource to provide education on what HIV/AIDS is, how it is transmitted, and the proper treatment.

Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have developed a web-based process for the rapid formulation and dissemination of evidence-based, expert-developed recommendations for hepatitis C management.

Prevention Policy Resources


The Medicine Abuse Project

Sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the Medicine Abuse Project aims to educate families and communities on how they can safeguard themselves from the devestation of heroin and other opioids and the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications.


Naloxone Overdose Prevention Education (NOPE) Working Group: Naloxone Legislation Drafting Guide

Created by the Naloxone Overdose Prevention Education (NOPE) Working Group, this resource outlines key regulations and provisions to include in state or federal legislation to increase access and use of naloxone.


Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

CADCA is a membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free.


Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued this Joint Informational Bulletin to provide the public, including states, schools, and school systems, with information about addressing mental health and substance use issues in schools.

School, Family, and Community Resources


Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose

This advisory issued by the Surgeon General encourages more individuals, including family, friends, and those at risk for opioid overdose, to keep on hand naloxone, an FDA-approved medication that can reverse opioid-induced respiratory depression.

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released this resource to educate consumers and caregivers on the importance of removing expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine, and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment.

Use, Abuse, Misuse & Disposal of Prescription Pain Medication Patient Guide

Created by the American College of Preventative Medicine, this patient guide offers important information about controlled substances and addiction, as well as provides instructions and best-practices for safeguarding and disposing of unused prescription pain medications.


ASAM Applauds Walmart’s Launch of DisposeRx

Walmart announced the launch of an opioid disposal solution, DisposeRx in an effort to curb prescription drug misuse. In addition to providing counseling and informational materials on proper use of opioid medications, Walmart will become the first national pharmacy retailer to offer a new opioid disposal solution.