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ADVOCACY NEWS


  • May 4, 2018

    The American College of Medical Toxicology Joins the Fight to Stop Opioid Overdose

    The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose (CSOO) is pleased to welcome the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) as a new member of the coalition. ACMT is a professional association of physicians who are Board Certified in Medical Toxicology. Since its inception in 1993, ACMT has worked to advance the practice of medical toxicology and advocates for the care of toxicologic patients and individuals with substance use disorders.
  • April 23, 2018

    Department of HHS Releases Action Plan for Enhanced Enforcement of MH/SUD Coverage

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued their Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Action Plan. Congress included a provision in Section 13002 of the 21st Century Cutes Act requiring HHS to create this Action Plan detailing recent and planned actions from the Departments of HHS, Labor, and Treasury related to ongoing implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
  • April 20, 2018

    ASAM Comments on Senate HELP’s Opioid Crisis Response Act Underscore Need For Evidence-Based Practices in Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

    In comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) today praised committee leadership for addressing the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic and offered legislative recommendations that would increase access to and improve the overall quality of addiction treatment.
  • April 19, 2018

    ASAM Applauds Introduction of New Legislation to Strengthen the Addiction Treatment Workforce

    ASAM applauds Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for introducing the Enhancing Access to Addiction Treatment Act of 2018. This legislation would establish a new pathway to obtain a DATA waiver and train more new physicians to prescribe medication-assisted treatment.
  • April 16, 2018

    ASAM and the AMA Announce Innovative Payment Model to Improve Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) jointly announced today the release of a concept paper detailing a groundbreaking alternative payment model (APM) that could revolutionize how patients with opioid use disorder are treated.
  • April 12, 2018

    The ASAM Criteria Discussed in House Congressional Hearing About Solutions to the Opioid Crisis

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine is pleased to hear that The ASAM Criteria was included in today’s discussion about solutions to combat the opioid misuse and overdose crisis. Addressing this public health emergency will require systemic and sustainable changes to our addiction treatment infrastructure and workforce, as well as expanded access to comprehensive, evidenced-based treatment that includes all levels of care. 
  • April 11, 2018

    ASAM Adopts Three Public Policy Statements on PDMPs, E-Cigarettes, and the Role of Recovery in Addiction Care

    During ASAM’s 2018 Annual Conference, ASAM’s Board of Directors approved of three new policy statements: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), E-Cigarettes, and the Role of Recovery in Addiction Care.
  • April 5, 2018

    ASAM Supports New Legislation to Establish Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers

    ASAM is pleased to offer a letter of support for S. 2589, the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Act, introduced by Shelly Moore Capito (ME) and Senator Maggie Hassan (NH). This legislation will create competitive grants to operate Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers that provide a full range of treatment and recovery services, such as medication assisted treatment, recovery housing, job training and supported reintegration into the workforce, counseling, and community-based and peer recovery support services.