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ASAM Applauds Facing Addiction and Google for Working to Limit Unscrupulous Treatment Center Ads

by ASAM Staff | September 15, 2017

ASAM Applauds Facing Addiction and Google for Working to Limit Unscrupulous Treatment Center Ads

Internet search ads often led patients to poor treatment

Rockville, MD, September 15, 2017 – The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) applauds Google for its decision this week to begin restricting ads that appear when someone searches for addiction treatment on its site, after receiving reports of misleading marketing leading patients to ineffective or even harmful rehab centers. Google’s decision was informed Facing Addiction, the nonprofit patient advocacy group, which shared its research into the criminal charges of treatment centers bidding up ads to be placed in search results related to addiction treatment.

This decision is a major win for patients seeking care,” said ASAM President Dr. Kelly Clark. “We still have a long way to go to integrate addiction treatment into mainstream medical care so that doctors are the ones making treatment referrals. In the meantime, ASAM would be pleased to work with Google to help it identify high-quality treatment providers to advertise on its site.”

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