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  • January 21, 2021

    MNSAM Supports Removal of "Buy and Bill" Requirements

    The Minnesota Society of Addiction Medicine (MNSAM) submitted a letter of support for SF61/HF19, companion bills which would remove the “buy and bill” requirement from all practitioner administered medications for substance use disorders (SUD).
  • January 18, 2021

    ASAM Structural Racism in Addiction Medicine Survey Results

    In the fall of 2020, ASAM asked its members to answer a survey on structural racism in addiction medicine. The survey probed on two main areas. The first area was racism as it affects the health professionals who treat addiction. The second area was racism as it affects patients who suffer from addiction and the care they are able to access and receive.
  • January 8, 2021

    ASAM Releases Its 2020 Advocacy Year in Review

    ASAM released its 2020 Advocacy Year in Review, which provides an overview of some of the new policies and resources that ASAM and its State Chapters helped advance in 2020, by working closely with federal and state policy-makers and other key stakeholders.

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. 

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