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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."

-Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM
Immediate-Past 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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  • April 4, 2019

    Part 2 Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Bills to Strengthen Addiction Treatment

    The Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2 issued a statement in response to the introduction of identical bipartisan bills in both the House and Senate. The Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, “OPPS Act”, was introduced by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act, “Legacy Act”, was introduced by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).
  • March 14, 2019

    ASAM Writes to FDA Regarding Need for More Medication Treatment Options for Patients with SUD

    The dearth of FDA-approved pharmacotherapies for the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD) prompted ASAM to write to the Food and Drug Administration urging them to take into consideration the need for access to multiple treatment options for clinicians and their patients as they consider applications for new products to treat SUD.
  • February 25, 2019

    ASAM President Testifies Before Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Opioid Overdose Epidemic

    Dr. Kelly J. Clark, president of ASAM, participated in a congressional roundtable sponsored by the House Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force. At the event, she urged lawmakers to make strategic investments in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment workforce in order to close the addiction treatment gap and ensure the millions of Americans living with SUD are able to receive the care they need.