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 A Voice for Addiction Medicine

Leading the movement to transform America's addiction treatment infrastructure and expand access to research-validated, results-based care



ASAM Policy Principles

ASAM believes in a future in which addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery are accessible to all, and where they profoundly improve the health of all people.  The following principles guide our advocacy and shape ASAM's advocacy priorities:
  • Addiction policy should be guided by - and promote the use of - the latest science and best practices in addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery.  People with addiction deserve compassionate, evidence-based care that addresses the chronic nature of the disease of addiction.
  • Strategic and multifaceted policy solutions are needed to drive the development of a more accessible, effective, robust, and comprehensive addiction prevention and treatment infrastructure.
  • Policies and payment systems should ensure equitable access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
  • Policy should challenge, rather than enforce, cultural misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination about the disease of addiction.
  • Addiction policy and advocacy should respect and integrate the perspectives of people with addiction and their families.

Federal Advocacy Priorities

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TEACH addiction medicine by expanding and strengthening our workforce and dispelling stigma
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STANDARDIZE the delivery of individualized addiction treatment so that more patients receive high-quality, evidence-based care
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COVER addiction medicine in a way that expands patient access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction care
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Advocacy Committees & Councils

ASAM's advocacy could not happen if not for the dedicated effort of our members.

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Public Policy Statements

Learn about ASAM's position on current policy issues.

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ASAM is proud to work collaboratively with others to improve the lives of those living with addiction.
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Advocacy Toolkits

ASAM provides toolkits to help you advocate for public policies that advance addiction medicine and promote access to treatment

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

by | Dec 18, 2018

Today, 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, prompted by alarming rates of e-cigarette use by youth in the US, 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.

The Advisory follows other administrative initiatives aimed at stopping use of, and access to, JUUL and other e-cigarette products. In July 2017, FDA announced a comprehensive regulatory plan for tobacco and nicotine to reduce tobacco-related disease and death. As a part of that comprehensive plan, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD released a statement on new enforcement actions and a Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to prevent youth access to and use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. In the statement, FDA also announced its intention to implement regulations that would reduce the nicotine content in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels.

ASAM applauds the Surgeon General for recognizing the urgency of youth use of e-cigarettes and providing guidance to parents, educators, and health professionals on what they can do to protect young people from the risks of e-cigarettes. In April, ASAM issued a Public Policy Statement on E-Cigarettes. The policy statement echoes the concerns raised by the Surgeon General in his Advisory and includes recommendations to policymakers on actions they can take reduce and prevent e-cigarette use and improve public health.