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National Addiction Treatment Week Announced

by ASAM Staff | Apr 19, 2018

A Week Raising Awareness that Addiction is a Disease, Treatments are Available, and a Qualified Workforce is Needed to Treat Addiction

Rockville, MD (April 19th, 2018) – 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. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) alongside its partners host this week.

The United States (US) is in the midst of an addiction epidemic. Nearly 20.5 million[1] Americans suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD), yet only 1 in 10 people with a SUD receive treatment.[2] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2016[3], and more than 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related use in the US.[4]

We must increase patient’s access to evidence-based treatments by decreasing the stigma surrounding the disease and recognizing addiction as the disease it is; while growing a qualified addiction medicine workforce to provide patients a continuum of care.

Despite the growing epidemic, progress is being made. Since 2017, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) started offering physicians, who are certified by a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the opportunity to become board-certified in Addiction Medicine. In 2017 over 1,200 physicians became board-certified in Addiction Medicine through the ABPM. ASAM collaborated with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to train over 5,000 Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to treat opioid use disorder through a waiver qualifying course.

“Raising awareness that addiction is a chronic brain disease, and not a moral failure, and qualifying more clinicians to treat addiction is vital to increasing patients’ access to treatment.” said Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. “National Addiction Treatment Week supports ASAM’s dedication to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, and helping physicians treat addiction and save lives.”

Join us for National Addiction Treatment Week with events focused on research-verified, evidence-based addiction medicine including webinars informing physicians and medical students about the pathways to addiction medicine certification. Help us treat addiction and save lives, by getting involved and raising awareness. Learn more by visiting TreatAddictionSaveLives.org.

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Media Contact:

Christine Merrifield

P: 301.547.4140 | E: cmerrifield@ASAM.org



[1] Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51). Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/.

[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016. CH 4-2

[3] https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

[4] https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

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National Addiction Treatment Week Announced

by ASAM Staff | Apr 19, 2018

A Week Raising Awareness that Addiction is a Disease, Treatments are Available, and a Qualified Workforce is Needed to Treat Addiction

Rockville, MD (April 19th, 2018) – 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. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) alongside its partners host this week.

The United States (US) is in the midst of an addiction epidemic. Nearly 20.5 million[1] Americans suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD), yet only 1 in 10 people with a SUD receive treatment.[2] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2016[3], and more than 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related use in the US.[4]

We must increase patient’s access to evidence-based treatments by decreasing the stigma surrounding the disease and recognizing addiction as the disease it is; while growing a qualified addiction medicine workforce to provide patients a continuum of care.

Despite the growing epidemic, progress is being made. Since 2017, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) started offering physicians, who are certified by a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the opportunity to become board-certified in Addiction Medicine. In 2017 over 1,200 physicians became board-certified in Addiction Medicine through the ABPM. ASAM collaborated with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to train over 5,000 Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to treat opioid use disorder through a waiver qualifying course.

“Raising awareness that addiction is a chronic brain disease, and not a moral failure, and qualifying more clinicians to treat addiction is vital to increasing patients’ access to treatment.” said Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. “National Addiction Treatment Week supports ASAM’s dedication to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, and helping physicians treat addiction and save lives.”

Join us for National Addiction Treatment Week with events focused on research-verified, evidence-based addiction medicine including webinars informing physicians and medical students about the pathways to addiction medicine certification. Help us treat addiction and save lives, by getting involved and raising awareness. Learn more by visiting TreatAddictionSaveLives.org.

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Media Contact:

Christine Merrifield

P: 301.547.4140 | E: cmerrifield@ASAM.org



[1] Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51). Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/.

[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016. CH 4-2

[3] https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

[4] https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

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Education

Review Course 2019

The ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine is widely recognized as the essential primer for physicians preparing for the ABPM Addiction Medicine Exam and primary care providers who wish to increase their skills in identifying and managing patients whose medical problems are caused or exacerbated by substance use disorders. 

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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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Opportunities

ASAM invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of The ASAM Criteria

The ASAM Criteria® is the most widely used set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. The ongoing advances in the addiction medicine field and lessons learned from real-world implementations of The ASAM Criteria call for more regular updates to these guidelines.

The Editor-in-Chief is expected to participate in the development and execution of a process for reviewing data from real-world implementations of the ASAM Criteria, including the ASAM CONTINUUM Software, and working with the editorial team to make empirically-driven revisions of the ASAM Criteria text.

Interested individuals are referred to the position description online at https://www.asam.org/about-us/jobs/editor-in-chief-the-asam-criteria for detailed information about qualifications, duties, and responsibilities.

Applications for this position must be received by close of business on June 6, 2019.

New Resources

JAM Podcast
 
In episode eleven of Addiction Medicine: Beyond the Abstract, we are joined by Dr. Honora Englander, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and the Director and Principal Investigator of the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT). In her recent article, Dr. Englander and her colleagues discuss using hospitalization as a "reachable moment" for highly vulnerable patients who are not engaged in treatment elsewhere and utilizing the IMPACT team in this process.

 

Journal of Addiction Medicine March/April 2019, Volume 13, Issue 2;

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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.