Nora Volkow and press

Thank you for visiting the ASAM press room. Here you will find news related resources and information. Browse the ASAM news archives, press releases, and background information.

National Press Training - The Opioid Epidemic

Thank you to the reporters and outlets who attended our 47th Annual Conference and National Press Foundation training in 2016. Our purpose was to increase journalists' knowledge of complex issues surrounding the opioid epidemic in order to improve public understanding. If you click on any module in the link below, you will find audio, text, slides, photos and selected 5-minute videos from each session.


Opioids National Epidemic

  • June 23, 2017

    ASAM Urges Senate to Reject Harmful Health Care Bill

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) urges the Senate to reject the health reform bill unveiled today by Senate leadership. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), like the House-passed American Health Care Act, would devastate access to addiction treatment services in the midst of our nation’s ongoing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.
    Full story
  • May 2, 2017

    ASAM Congratulates Dr. McLellan for NIAAA-NIDA Lifetime Science Award

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) would like to congratulate A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, Founder and Board Chair, Treatment Research Institute (TRI) in Philadelphia, PA, who will receive the first NIAAA-NIDA Lifetime Science Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of drug and alcohol research on May 3, 2017
    Full story
  • April 18, 2017

    Addiction Treatment Gap Awareness Week Starts April 24th

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will be hosting the first ever Addiction Treatment Gap Awareness Week April 24th to 30th, 2017. This national awareness week will be dedicated to recognizing the significant gap in treatment for those with the disease of addiction.
    Full story
  • March 9, 2017

    ASAM Letter To Congress Regarding Proposed Changes To The Affordable Care Act.

    ASAM is very concerned that the AHCA’s proposed changes to our health care system will result in reductions in health care coverage, particularly for vulnerable populations including those suffering from the chronic disease of addiction.
    Full story

Media Contact

PRIMARY: Erin Foxworthy

Email will produce a quicker response.


Phone: 301-547-3115


The ASAM Weekly

The ASAM Weekly is a source of timely, useful news briefings of top stories for addiction medicine combined with ASAM developments in education, advocacy, state chapter news and more. ASAM Weekly is a great way to keep informed and is delivered to the inboxes of ASAM members every Tuesday.



2017 Media Event Requirements

Journalists who are employed by accredited news organizations attend special meetings and events for the purpose of editorial coverage will be granted media credentials. To qualify, journalists must contact Bob Davis ( at 301.547.4112 and provide the following:

  1. Letter verifying assignment to the meeting on the letterhead of the news organization being represented.
  2. Media identification (such as an international, accredited press pass or an official media-outlet-issued credential).
  3. Documentary film crews and video production companies must submit a written request in advance of the annual meeting no less than one week prior to ASAM that includes information about the purpose of attending the event, synopsis of film/video/documentary, and information on the supporters of the project.

Companies or organizations producing publications, videos, and/or other electronic media intended for internal use, marketing, advertising, financial analysis, or public relations purposes may not register as media. Financial analysts, sales, advertising, marketing and public relations personnel may not register as media.

In addition, representatives from medical education companies attending the event or meeting for the purpose of creating continuing medical education (CME) or other commercial educational content (e.g., webcasts, online or printed educational modules, etc.) may not register as media.

Information regarding media registrants is proprietary. ASAM does not give, rent, or sell current, past, or on-site media registration lists.