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  • April 16, 2021

    OKSAM Supports Legislation to Improve Access to Telehealth

    The Oklahoma Society of Addiction Medicine (OKSAM) submitted a letter in support of SB674, which would dramatically expand access to addiction treatment by mandating that certain insurers cover telehealth.
  • April 14, 2021

    ASAM Supports Legislation to Empower U.S Department of Labor Parity Compliance Enforcement

    On April 14, the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), of which ASAM is a member, sent a letter in support of the Parity Enforcement Act (H.R. 1364), which would give the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) a critical tool to ensure health plan compliance with the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Federal Parity Act).
  • April 8, 2021

    COSAM Supports Improved Access to Naloxone

    The Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine (COSAM) sent a letter to Governor Jared Polis in support of legislation which would expand access to naloxone.

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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. 

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