• October 9, 2015

    ASAM National Practice Guideline Stakeholder Summit Held

    More than ten medical societies, eight federal agencies and other patient and payer organizations met on September 24 to discuss strategies to help accelerate the adoption of ASAM's newly released National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use.
  • October 9, 2015

    Leadership Profile: Margaret A. E. Jarvis, MD, FASAM

    Margaret Jarvis, MD, FASAM, who is the Chair of the Quality Improvement Council, recently oversaw the development of ASAM's National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use.
  • October 9, 2015

    Creating a National Policy for State-level Debate

    Leading the writing committee to draft the “ASAM Public Policy Statement on Marijuana, Cannabinoids and Legalization” presented some unique challenges, writes Michael Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, in an Op-Ed about his role in revising ASAM's marijuana public policy statement.
  • October 9, 2015

    Ask the PCSS Expert: Fentanyl Patches and Induction?

    A physician wrote the PCSS mentor network seeking advice and recommendations on buprenorphine induction for patients on Fentanyl patches.
  • October 9, 2015

    Host Compassionate Conversations on Addiction in Your Home

    Host compassionate conversations about addiction in your home with Drugs Over Dinner.
  • October 9, 2015

    Seattle’s LEAD Project – A Different Approach with Low-Level Drug Offenders

    Implemented on a pilot basis in Seattle, Washington in 2011, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) was designed to finally truly integrate a public health approach into policing of street level drug use and sales (and concomitant behaviors such as street based sex work).
  • October 9, 2015

    CMS Issues 1115 Waiver Mentioning ASAM's Criteria

    Medicaid is playing an increasingly important role as a payer for services provided to individuals with addiction in the United States. There have been some exciting developments regarding The ASAM Criteria in Medicaid's expanding role......"exciting" for me anyway, because I have been on a mission for 25 years to have The ASAM Criteria accepted as the model for addiction treatment's continuum of care.
  • September 29, 2015

    2016 Ruth Fox Scholarship Open to Applicants

    The Ruth Fox scholarship program was started to encourage emerging physicians-in-training to pursue the addiction medicine field. It is important for ASAM to provide the education for these new physicians to identify and treat patients with addictive disorders because many medical schools do not include addiction medicine coursework or rotations.
  • September 25, 2015

    ASAM Issues New Policy Statement on Marijuana, Cannabinoids and Legalization

    The new policy statement addresses the broad public health and safety aspects of current efforts to legalize marijuana use.
  • September 24, 2015

    National Practice Guideline and Associated Products at Press Conference and Stakeholder Summit

    ASAM convened stakeholders, including several medical societies, eight federal agencies, patient and payers organizations at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for a press conference and stakeholder summit to announce and accelerate the adoption of its newly released National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use (National Practice Guideline) and associated products.
  • September 21, 2015

    Editorial Comments - Drug Culture Sensitivity

    Citizens who use drugs (CWUD) form at least one, and more probably multiple subcultures. It is easy to want to take issue with this statement, complaining that it demeans the notion of culture. But the concept is not unique, that CWUDs have things in common other than simply pathology...
  • September 15, 2015

    Join the Elite Ranks of ASAM Distinguished Fellows

    Every two years, ASAM offers members the opportunity to apply for Fellow status. The 2015 cycle will mark the shift of the Fellows award to the Distinguished Fellows award. In April 2015, the Board of Directors voted to take the current Fellow title and turn it into a membership category while the current Fellow award will change to Distinguished Fellow. Members who already hold the Fellow title will automatically become a Distinguished Fellow in 2016.
  • September 14, 2015

    ONDCP Online Event Focuses on Youth in Recovery

    On September 17, 2015 from 7:00-8:00PM ET, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will host an online event at the White House in celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) with a special focus on youth in recovery. You are encouraged to host a viewing party of your friends, family, and stakeholders. With your help, this event will be a significant occasion to celebrate and inspire millions of young persons in recovery, and raise awareness about critical resources and commitments needed to help other young people in their journeys.
  • September 10, 2015

    Increased marijuana, heroin use contribute to highest reported illicit drug use in more than a decade

    Findings from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), released today, reveal the percentage of Americans aged 12 or older who used an illicit drug in 2014 was higher than in every year between 2002 and 2013, driven primarily by increases in marijuana use, sustained rates of nonmedical pain reliever use, and increases in heroin use.
  • September 2, 2015

    Clinton Campaign Releases 10-year, $10 billion Addiction Initiative

    Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed a 10-year, $10 billion initiative to combat addiction in the US. Under the plan, the federal government would invest $7.5 billion in partnerships with the states.