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  • Posted: 04/19/2018

    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. Read More
  • Posted: 03/20/2018

    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. Read More
  • Posted: 03/19/2018

    ASAM Response to Administration Initiative

    ASAM stands ready to be part of what should, and must be, a nationwide effort to prevent deaths and engage people in treatment, while we lay the groundwork for a more robust addiction treatment infrastructure and workforce that will lead us all to a stronger and healthier future. Read More
  • Posted: 03/01/2018

    ASAM Applauds SAMHSA in Releasing New Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63

    SAMHSA’s TIP 63 reviews the use of the three FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid addiction—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with opioid addiction. Read More
  • Posted: 01/24/2018

    ASAM Applauds Walmart’s Launch of DisposeRx

    Nearly 11 million people misused prescription pain relievers in 2016.[i] ASAM applauds Walmart’s actions to combat the opioid epidemic and we hope the debut of DisposeRx will offer patients new solutions to prevent prescription drug misuse. Read More


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Government Affairs
  • July 19, 2016

    The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act - Highlights for Members

    On July 13, the U.S. Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). This landmark legislation is a robust response to the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that authorizes new programs and reauthorizes and improves existing ones to support a full continuum of care from primary prevention to recovery support. There are specific provisions that will be of interest to ASAM members and this summary highlights the details of those provisions.
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  • April 5, 2016

    Letter of Thanks: Recognition of Addiction Medicine

    From the start, this endeavor was about the patients, and their affected family members. It was about building a workforce of trained and certified expert clinicians who would Treat Addiction and Save Lives™. We are today at a point in time, in a process begun by Dr. Ruth Fox and her colleagues in her apartment in New York City over 60 years ago, on the way to a future that we see clearly.
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Photo of Alex Krawczyk-KeefeThe Importance of Donating: One Family’s Story

A donation to honor a son and help those facing the devastating disease of addiction.

ASAM Speaks on FDA Boxed Warnings

ASAM testified on the best approaches to communicating information about the fetal effects in product labeling for methadone and buprenorphine

Brain Stimulation as a Potential Treatment for Addiction

Brain stimulation has been in use for decades as a potential treatment for psychiatric disorders. However, its use in addiction is relatively new.

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Ask the PCSS Expert: Counseling Requirements in Addiction Treatment?

A physician wrote the PCSS mentor network seeking advice on what type of counseling (group/individual/ AA, NA/ therapist) are typically required as part of addiction treatment.