ASAM is proud to partner with its 39 independent State Chapters to advance access to high-quality, evidence-based addiction treatment.

State Advocacy

State Capitol

On a diverse set of issues ranging from mental health and addiction parity to pharmacy regulation, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) State Chapters are instrumental in shaping addiction policy conversations in state capitols across the country.  ASAM National staff can track addiction-related state legislation and regulations; help keep State Chapters informed of state policy developments, and provide them with consultation and technical assistance on state-level issues important to them. In addition, ASAM National staff closely works with many other national organizations on mental health and addiction issues and can connect ASAM State Chapters with those national organizations and their state branches.

ORSAM Applauds Oregon Governor Kate Brown for Considering Increased Wine and Beer Taxes

November 3, 2020

 

On November 3, the Oregon Society of Addiction Medicine (ORSAM), Oregon Recovers, and nine other organizations sent a letter to Governor Kate Brown in support of raising the beer and wine taxes in the state and using that revenue to make significant investments in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services.

 

The letter stressed that issues related to substance misuse, including harmful alcohol use, cost the state of Oregon billions of dollars each year. Furthermore, Oregon’s response to the addiction crisis routinely ranks among the worst in the country. An alcohol tax would address these issues by decreasing harmful alcohol use while also providing a new source of funding for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The letter concludes by applauding Governor Brown for considering including a beer and wine tax increase in her proposed 2021-2023 budget.

 

Read the letter here.  

Legislative Tracking

ASAM tracks legislation relating to its chapters' legislative priorities in all 50 states. 

Chapter Leadership

ASAM's state chapters are led by experts in the field of addiction medicine. Each chapter elects its own leaders. 

East - Regions I, III, IV, V, X

West - Regions II, VI, VII, VIII

State Advocacy Resources

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