Advocacy

ASAM serves its members in many ways. One of the most important ways is by helping to play an active role in shaping government policies that affect their livelihoods and the lives of their patients.

ASAM advocates for policies that promote access to high-quality treatment and recovery support services for the 22 million Americans who suffer from a substance use disorder. The information here will help you stay up to date on emerging issues, enable you to take action and become an advocate for your patients and your practice, and learn about how ASAM is working with government, insurers and other national organizations to promote policies that advance addiction medicine.

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Opioid misuse and overdose are a public health crisis in the United States.  ASAM and others have come together as the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose to advance meaningful legislative and regulatory policies this year in response to the opioid epidemic.

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2016 NPF Training

Audio, text, slides, photos and selected 5-minute videos segments from the 2016 NPF/ ASAM Training held in April 2016 preceding the 47th ASAM Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD.

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Advocacy Toolkits

Access resources that will equip you to advocate effectively for policies that promote addiction treatment and prevention.

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Advocacy Issues

Find the latest information on issues of importance to the field of addiction medicine.

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Advocacy News

News and information about ASAM Advocacy.

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Find a Policy Statement

Learn about ASAM's position on current policy issues.

Staff

Kelly Corredor
Director, Advocacy and Government Relations
kcorredor@ASAM.org | 301.547.4111

 

Susan Awad
Policy Advisor
sawad@ASAM.org | 301.547.4103

 

Corey Barton
Manager, Private Sector Relations
cbarton@ASAM.org | 301.547.4106

 

Brad Bachman
Manager, State Advocacy and Government Relations
bbachman@ASAM.org | 301.547.4107

 

Connor Galvin
Specialist, Federal Advocacy and Policy 
cgalvin@ASAM.org | 301.547.4135

Committee Chairs

Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP
Flora Sadri, DO, MPF, FAAFP

Chair and Vice Chair, Legislative Advocacy Committee

 

Jeffrey Selzer, MD, DFASAM
Randolph Holmes, MD, FASAM

Chair and Vice Chair, Public Policy Committee

 

Shawn Ryan, MD, MBA, FASAM
Frank James, MD, JD

Chair and Vice Chair, Payer Relations Committee

Advocacy Articles

Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

by ASAM Staff | Aug 02, 2018

Since the opioid overdose epidemic was declared a national public health emergency in October 2017, progress has been slow in reversing rates of opioid misuse and overdose. This is due not to lack of will or resources, but to the complex drivers of the crisis and the cross-cutting strategies that will be required to resolve them. To improve coordination and accelerate the pace of change, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is partnering with the National Academy of Medicine and more than 30 other organizations to form an Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. This one-of-a-kind public-private partnership comprises government, communities, health systems, provider groups, payers, industry, nonprofits, academia, and more – all committed to sharing knowledge, aligning ongoing initiatives, and advancing multi-sector solutions. Future activities of the Collaborative will span public meetings, expert publications, and the development of an information hub, among other efforts. ASAM's President, Dr. Kelly J. Clark, and ASAM’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Kelly M. Corredor, represented ASAM at the Collaborative’s July 27 launch meeting. 

Visit nam.edu/OpioidCollaborative for more information.

 

About ASAM

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 5,500 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. For more information, visit www.ASAM.org.