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  • News September 5, 2018

    ASAM Hires Chief of Quality and Science

    Dr. Boyle will provide strategic oversight and leadership of ASAM’s quality and science initiatives. These initiatives will enhance and expand ASAM’s efforts to promote improvements in the quality of addiction treatment across the nation and to increase the engagement of addiction medicine providers in research.
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  • News April 19, 2018

    National Addiction Treatment Week Announced

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will be hosting National Addiction Treatment Week, April 23rd through April 29th, raises awareness that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and more clinicians need to enter the field of Addiction Medicine in order to treat the nationwide epidemic.
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  • News March 20, 2018

    ACA and ASAM Release Joint Policy Statement on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in the Justice System

    The statement includes recommendations to support correctional policy makers and correctional healthcare professionals in providing evidence-based care to those in their custody or under their supervision who have an opioid use disorder.
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2018 Media Event & Credentialing 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 Christine Merrifield / at 301.547.4140 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.

Media Contact:

Christine Merrifield

Email for a fast response.


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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Watch: Improving the Language and Coverage of Addiction

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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.