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Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

Adoption Date:
October 1, 1993; rev. November 1, 2003

Public Policy Statement on Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

**Note: This historical policy statement is available as part of ASAM's Policy Archives, but it is no longer considered current ASAM policy. Please contact ASAM's advocacy staff at advocacy@asam.org for questions related to ASAM's position on this topic.



The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) abhors prejudice or discrimination against persons on the basis of race, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Discrimination that makes it hazardous for an individual to seek help for an addictive disorder, or, in seeking such help, to speak honestly about his/her life, creates an indefensible barrier to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism and other drug dependencies.

Policy Recommendations:

All discriminatory practices potentially impede access to addiction treatment. Therefore, ASAM supports the removal of all such discriminatory practices.