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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.

ASAM Submits Comments on NPRM Regarding Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records — Proposed Modifications Related to 42 CFR 2.63

by | Sep 25, 2019


On September 25, ASAM submitted comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records - specifically on proposed modifications related to 42 CFR 2.63, which would expand the ability of law enforcement to investigate Part 2 records by reverting a language change implemented in 2017. The NPRM would also dramatically expand the type of crime which would allow law enforcement to access records by changing the meaning of the phrase “extremely serious crimes” in the preamble.  


In its letter, ASAM proposed a revision to the proposed language of the NPRM to balance the need for appropriate federal enforcement efforts targeting “rogue doctors and pill mills” with the need to continue safeguarding, and encouraging, confidential communications between patients and Part 2 programs. ASAM concluded its comments by requesting that SAMHSA further clarify the preamble of the final rule to ensure that the phrase “extremely serious crime” retains its historical meaning.


Read the NPRM here.


Read ASAM's comments here