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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.

 A Voice for Addiction Medicine

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


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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State Chapter Advocacy Highlights

Guiding Cannabis Conversations

Increasing Enforcement of Mental Health and Addiction Parity

Reducing Harms Related to Drug Use and Punitive Drug Policies


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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ASAM Submits Comments on Proposed Amendments to Federal Anti-Kickback Statute

by | Dec 26, 2019


On December 26, ASAM submitted comments on amendments to regulations under the Federal anti-kickback statute (AKS). The proposed amendments would modify and add new safe harbors under the statute and exceptions to the beneficiary inducements civil monetary penalty definition of “remuneration” to foster arrangements that would promote care coordination and advance the delivery of value-based care while also protecting patients and taxpayer dollars against harms caused by fraud and abuse.


In its comments, ASAM stressed that AKS regulations should continue to prohibit patient-brokering tactics used by unscrupulous providers to steer patients to certain treatment programs. However, the letter also emphasized the importance of allowing cash and gift cards to be used in substance use disorder treatment as part of contingency management. Contingency management, including the use of cash and gift cards, is one of the only effective psychosocial interventions used to treat methamphetamine use disorder.


Read the proposed rule here.


Read ASAM's full comments here.