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  • May 21, 2021

    ASAM Supports Increased Funding for Syringe Services Providers

    On May 21, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and 228 other organizations sent a letter urging legislators to include $120 million for the Infectious Diseases and the Opioid Epidemic program in the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies' appropriations bills.
  • May 4, 2021

    Guía para el paciente sobre el tratamiento de la adicción a los opioides - Versión en español

    Esta traducción al español incluye información sobre evaluación, descripción general del tratamiento (incluidos planes de tratamiento, participación del paciente y asesoramiento) y todos los medicamentos disponibles para tratar el uso y la sobredosis de opioides.
  • April 30, 2021

    ASAM Calls for Caution Regarding HIPAA Proposed Rule

    ASAM sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide comments on the proposed modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, intended to support, and remove barriers to, coordinated care and individual engagement.

The ASAM Weekly

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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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