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Physicians Present Latest Innovations in Treating Addiction at ASAM 50th Annual Conference

by ASAM Staff | Mar 07, 2019

Opening speakers Drs. Nora Volkow,* George Koob, and Bankole Johnson and authors, David and Nic Sheff, address the challenges of addiction and offer insightful solutions.

Rockville, MD (March 7, 2019) – The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM)  50th Annual Conference will gather leaders in addiction medicine for timely discussions on addiction treatment on April 4-7, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.  Presenter topics include the “big ideas” shaping addiction care including the opioid overdose crisis, research validated addiction treatment, alcohol use disorder, harm reduction, the role of telehealth, nicotine use, current cannabis research, and the qualified workforce needed to treat addiction.

In 2017, an estimated 20.7 million Americans needed treatment for substance use disorder, but only 4 million reported receiving any form of treatment. Addiction is a chronic brain disease. To save lives endangered by this disease, medical professionals, including physicians from all fields and a patient’s entire medical team, need training on the latest science related to addiction. Every spring, ASAM brings the top experts in addiction medicine together to offer an extensive educational opportunity.   

“As the nation looks for answers to overcome the addiction epidemic, we need to listen to experts in the medical community for solutions.  This year the ASAM 50th Annual Conference, more than ever, offers a valuable opportunity for the leaders in addiction medicine to address the critical issues related to this chronic disease and evaluate astute options for restructuring the addiction treatment landscape.” said Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. “We are excited to explore the latest research and learn about innovative medical and system solutions now available to treat addiction and save lives.”

On Friday, April 5, the Opening Scientific Plenary Session begins the conference with engaging presentations by:

  • Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse* on “Science Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Addiction”
  • Bankole Johnson, DSc, MD, University of Maryland, School of Medicine on “Personalizing the Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders”
  • David and Nic Sheff, authors and advocates, on “A New Paradigm Facing America’s Drug Use and Addiction Crisis”

The conference continues with insightful sessions by top leaders covering the latest research in addiction and a diversity of topics. On Saturday, April 6, David and Nic Sheff (father and son from Beautiful Boy) will share their personal journey of addiction and recovery in a special session moderated by Marc Fishman, MD, DFASAM. This session will include poignant clips from the movie, followed by conversation, insights, and personal reflections from David and Nic. The conference will provide high-quality training on addiction medicine to healthcare professionals - expanding their capabilities and improving treatment across the country.

For ASAM’s 50th Annual Conference Full Program, visit https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/ASAM/main.asp

To request media credentials for the conference and its sessions, contact Christine Merrifield, Media Relations, at press@ASAM.org.

*References to NIDA, NIH, or Nora Volkow should not be viewed as an endorsement of ASAM, its products or services.

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Media Contact:
Christine Merrifield
301.547.4140
cmerrifield@ASAM.org       

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Physicians Present Latest Innovations in Treating Addiction at ASAM 50th Annual Conference

by ASAM Staff | Mar 07, 2019

Opening speakers Drs. Nora Volkow,* George Koob, and Bankole Johnson and authors, David and Nic Sheff, address the challenges of addiction and offer insightful solutions.

Rockville, MD (March 7, 2019) – The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM)  50th Annual Conference will gather leaders in addiction medicine for timely discussions on addiction treatment on April 4-7, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.  Presenter topics include the “big ideas” shaping addiction care including the opioid overdose crisis, research validated addiction treatment, alcohol use disorder, harm reduction, the role of telehealth, nicotine use, current cannabis research, and the qualified workforce needed to treat addiction.

In 2017, an estimated 20.7 million Americans needed treatment for substance use disorder, but only 4 million reported receiving any form of treatment. Addiction is a chronic brain disease. To save lives endangered by this disease, medical professionals, including physicians from all fields and a patient’s entire medical team, need training on the latest science related to addiction. Every spring, ASAM brings the top experts in addiction medicine together to offer an extensive educational opportunity.   

“As the nation looks for answers to overcome the addiction epidemic, we need to listen to experts in the medical community for solutions.  This year the ASAM 50th Annual Conference, more than ever, offers a valuable opportunity for the leaders in addiction medicine to address the critical issues related to this chronic disease and evaluate astute options for restructuring the addiction treatment landscape.” said Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. “We are excited to explore the latest research and learn about innovative medical and system solutions now available to treat addiction and save lives.”

On Friday, April 5, the Opening Scientific Plenary Session begins the conference with engaging presentations by:

  • Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse* on “Science Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Addiction”
  • Bankole Johnson, DSc, MD, University of Maryland, School of Medicine on “Personalizing the Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders”
  • David and Nic Sheff, authors and advocates, on “A New Paradigm Facing America’s Drug Use and Addiction Crisis”

The conference continues with insightful sessions by top leaders covering the latest research in addiction and a diversity of topics. On Saturday, April 6, David and Nic Sheff (father and son from Beautiful Boy) will share their personal journey of addiction and recovery in a special session moderated by Marc Fishman, MD, DFASAM. This session will include poignant clips from the movie, followed by conversation, insights, and personal reflections from David and Nic. The conference will provide high-quality training on addiction medicine to healthcare professionals - expanding their capabilities and improving treatment across the country.

For ASAM’s 50th Annual Conference Full Program, visit https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/ASAM/main.asp

To request media credentials for the conference and its sessions, contact Christine Merrifield, Media Relations, at press@ASAM.org.

*References to NIDA, NIH, or Nora Volkow should not be viewed as an endorsement of ASAM, its products or services.

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Media Contact:
Christine Merrifield
301.547.4140
cmerrifield@ASAM.org       

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Education

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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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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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.