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Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease that has become a public health emergency throughout the United States. ASAM advocates for public policies that work to educate the public, patients, clinicians and policymakers about addiction and ensure that individuals can access treatments that have been proven to be effective at reducing overdose deaths and supporting individuals in recovery.

With the rise of the opioid overdose epidemic, ASAM is committed to advocating for policies to grow the addiction medicine workforce by integrating addiction medicine into medical school and residency curricula and incentivizing clinicians to work in programs and practices that specialize in the treatment of substance use disorder.




What is Addiction?

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.

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Featured Public Policy Statements

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E-Cigarettes

Learn more about ASAM's position on E-Cigarettes as a potential harm reduction strategy and for smoking cessation.

The Role of Recovery in Addiction Care

In ASAM’s definition, recovery from addiction is an active process of continual growth that addresses the biological, psychological, social and spiritual disturbances inherent in addiction.

Substance Use, Misuse, and Use Disorders During and Following Pregnancy, with an Emphasis on Opioids

Learn more about ASAM's policy recommendations on substance use, misuse, and SUDs during and following pregnancy.

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Use of Naloxone for the Prevention of Opioid Overdose Deaths

See ASAM's policy recommendations on Naloxone prescribing, training, and use.  







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"When something is stigmatized nobody wants to bring it up,
so therefore people who need the help are less willing to come forward."

Dr. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM
Member of ASAM's Legislative Advocacy Committee




Resources

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Learn more about the three medications currently approved by the FDA to treat opioid use disorder.

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How is the opioid overdose epidemic affecting your state?

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Check out this CDC report and learn more about effective strategies to prevent opioid overdose in your community.

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Learn more about the growing problem of controlled substance diversion from presentations made at the DEA Practitioner Diversion Awareness Conference

 
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Learn more about what the US Surgeon General has to say about e-cigarettes

 





ACCME 

Learn more about how ASAM is working to educate the next generation of addiction medicine professionals.





Related News

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  • May 9, 2019

    ASAM Praises Funding for Critical SUD Workforce Programs in FY 2020 House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

    ASAM praised the House Appropriations Committee for including full funding for two new critical substance use disorder (SUD) workforce programs in its FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
  • May 8, 2019

    ASAM Applauds Introduction of Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act of 2019

    ASAM commended Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Elijah Cummings, and all original co-sponsors for introducing the CARE Act of 2019. Modeled on successful, bipartisan legislation passed in 1990 to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the CARE Act would authorize $100 billion in federal funding over the next decade to states, local governments, and other organizations and institutions to support substance use disorder treatment programs, improve training for addiction treatment professionals in communities across the US, and expand access to treatments that meet national standards and are proven to save lives. 
  • May 8, 2019

    146 Members of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose and Other Organizations Issue Letter of Support for the CARE Act of 2019

    ASAM joined 145 members of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose and other organizations in sending a letter voicing support for the CARE Act of 2019. This legislation 2019 would provide $100 billion in federal funding over the next ten years to support federal research and programs to prevent drug use while expanding access to prevention, harm reduction, addiction treatment, mental health services, and recovery support services.