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  • February 26, 2021

    ASAM Issues Public Policy Statement on Advancing Racial Justice in Addiction Medicine

    On February 25th, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) issued a Public Policy Statement on Advancing Racial Justice in Addiction Medicine , the first in a series of statements on addressing the systemic racism that permeates drug policy and impacts both the development of addiction as well as access to treatment for millions of Americans with substance use disorder (SUD). Recognizing systemic racism as a social determinant of health, the public policy statement released today is part of ASAM’s effort to recognize, understand, and counteract the effects of America’s historical, pervasive, and continuing systemic racism as it relates to addiction prevention, early intervention, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
  • February 25, 2021

    MNSAM Supports Legislation to Boost Harm Reduction Efforts

    The Minnesota Society of Addiction Medicine (MNSAM) submitted a letter in support of HF928, which would legalize possession of fentanyl testing strips, and empower syringe service providers to more effectively serve their clients by providing syringes and needles.
  • February 25, 2021

    ASAM Applauds Re-Introduction of Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act; Looks Forward to Complementary Legislation that Prioritizes Education and Training

    ASAM supports passage of legislation that would fully eliminate the X-waiver, which creates an unnecessary barrier for prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD), with passage of complementary legislation that would ensure controlled medication prescribers receive baseline education and training on how to treat patients with substance use disorder (SUD).

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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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