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There are many misconceptions about the disease of addiction, and a culture change is needed in this country to drive patients to the treatment options that have been proven to be effective at reducing overdose deaths and supporting patients in remission and recovery.

It is critical that our treatment infrastructure reflect this by facilitating the use of evidence-based, research-validated guidelines and standards for the treatment of addiction and employing competency-based addiction education for all healthcare providers.





The ASAM Criteria®, the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions, is a fundamental tool for the standardization of addiction medicine.



 
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Featured Public Policy Statements

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Regulation of Office-Based Opioid Treatment

OBOT promotes the treatment of addiction in the primary care setting, but ASAM understands that the use of controlled substances to treat addiction introduces the possibility of misuse and diversion of the very medications used for treatment.
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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)

Find out more about PDMPs and ASAM's recommendations on how they should be regulated.

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Joint Public Correctional Policy Statement on the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders for Justice Involved Individuals

Learn more about how ASAM and the American Correctional Association (ACA) are supporting the use of evidence-based practices for the treatment of opioid use disorders in correctional settings.





"By implementing a quality-driven national addiction treatment infrastructure, we can empower patients and their families with information on how to identify and access high-quality treatment."

-Dr. Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM
President of ASAM




Resources

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Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine

Provides guidance about the effective use of drug testing in the identification, diagnosis, treatment and promotion of recovery for patients with, or at risk for, addiction.

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The ASAM National Practice Guideline

The ASAM National Practice Guideline and associated resources provide information on evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorder.

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Confidentiality (42 CFR Part 2)

Learn how ASAM continues to call for needed privacy protections as 42 CFR Part 2 regulations and the underlying statute are updated. 




Related News

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  • January 10, 2019

    New Taxonomy Code

    Given the recognition of addiction medicine as a medical subspecialty by ABMS, with an established curriculum and training standards and a new certification pathway, ASAM believed it was timely and appropriate to request a new taxonomy code that would capture the distinctive nature of this area of specialty practice.
  • December 19, 2018

    ASAM Submits Comments to FDA Regarding Strategies to Increase Naloxone Availability

    ASAM submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to a request for comment ahead of a public advisory committee meeting regarding strategies to increase the availability of naloxone products intended for use in the community.
  • December 18, 2018

    US Surgeon General Proclaims E-Cigarette Use an Epidemic Among Youth

    US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams issued a rare public health Advisory declaring the use of e-cigarettes an “epidemic among our nation’s young people.” The Advisory provides information to parents, educators, and health professionals on new types of e-cigarettes on the market, including JUUL, and the negative health consequences of youth use of these products.