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  • January 6, 2020

    Editorial Comment 1/07/2020: Management of Benzodiazepine (BZ) Use Disorder

    The New York Times (NYT) Science section of 03 January carried this eulogy, by Knvul Sheikh*: “Dr. Heather Ashton, 90, Dies; Helped People Quit Anxiety Drugs” An excerpt from this review of Dr. Ashton’s professional life underscores how it is not merely opioids which have led to our dereliction of better judgment, in the prescribing of addiction-activating drugs: “Heather was a remarkable person,” Nicol Ferrier, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Newcastle University who worked closely with Dr. Ashton, said in an interview. “She was very upset by this problem of benzodiazepine dependence that was essentially caused by doctors overprescribing the medications, and she took it upon herself to help patients struggling to withdraw from them.”
  • December 30, 2019

    Editorial Comment 12/30/19: Be Best, Bill

    It is with great pleasure we get to finish off the year with our annual tribute to Bill’s editorials. This is not just some 80’s sit-com ploy to keep our readers’ attention by re-running clips of the most watched episodes- it is a moment to show thanks for all that Bill shares by pouring out his thoughts 51 weeks a year…So let’s take a look back at 2019, make some sense out of it, and get ready for the twenties of the 21st century.



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MOC Guide

Considering a career in Addiction Medicine or expanding your practice services?

Physicians who have a primary ABMS board may apply to take the ABPM Addiction Medicine exam to become or continue to be an addiction medicine specialist. This specific pathway will expire in 2021. Download the NEW ASAM Information Guide on Certification and MOC.

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New Resources

JAM Podcast

Journal of Addiction Medicine May/June 2019, Volume 13, Issue 3;

In episode thirteen of Addiction Medicine: Beyond the Abstract, we are joined by Dr. Jessica Gray. In her recent article, Dr. Gray discusses a case of a woman who was able to continue opioid agonist treatment during the postpartum period while she remained incarcerated, in a system that generally did not allow for opioid agonist treatment during incarceration except during pregnancy.

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Drug court resources

Drug Court Resources

Tens of thousands of Americans access addiction pharmacotherapies through drug courts every year. New resources are now available. Created in partnership with the NADCP National Association of Drug Court Professionals.