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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.

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics Accepts Letter to the Editor Urging ACGME to Establish Opioid Use Disorder Education Requirement

by | Oct 07, 2019


The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics recently accepted publication of a letter to the editor titled “In Support of Residency Training to Address the Opioid Overdose Epidemic,” which urges the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to establish a requirement that all residents and fellows who care for patients who use opioids, as well as their core faculty, receive specific training on the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD).


The letter notes that while the ACGME has significant oversight regarding educating and training physicians, none of its curriculum components require that physicians-in-training receive instruction on the treatment of OUD. Furthermore, physicians themselves have shown a lack of interest in training, with fewer than 7% of American physicians having completed the necessary 8-hour DATA 2000 waiver training to prescribe buprenorphine. Therefore, the letter concludes that in order for physicians to be sufficiently prepared to combat the opioid overdose epidemic, the ACGME must step in and require training in treatment of OUD.


Read the letter here


If you are interested in adding your name to the letter as a signatory you may do so here.