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  • July 14, 2020

    ASAM Supports Funding for Harm Reduction Services in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

    ASAM and 154 other organizations sent a letter urging Senate leadership to include $58 million for syringe services programs (SSPs) and other harm reduction service providers in the next COVID relief package.
  • July 13, 2020

    Governor Jared Polis Signs SB20-007

    Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed legislation requiring that insurers provide coverage for the treatment of substance use disorder in accordance with The ASAM Criteria or other nationally recognized guidelines.
  • July 10, 2020

    ASAM Applauds Introduction of the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act

    ASAM, along with 50 other organizations, sent a letter in strong support of the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act, which would ensure that all Medicaid and CHIP enrollees have access to the full array of evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments.

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 every Tuesday.



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Watch: Improving the Language and Coverage of Addiction

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National Press Training - Understanding Addiction

Thank you to the reporters and outlets who attended our 49th Annual Conference and National Press Foundation training in 2018. 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.

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Words Matter

Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction 

This handout provided by NIDA offers background information and tips for providers to keep in mind while using person-frst language, as well as terms to avoid to reduce stigma and negative bias when discussing addiction. 

Download here