• 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.
  • August 27, 2015

    CSAM's Synapse to Society: Addiction Medicine State of the Art 2015

  • August 24, 2015

    Editor's Comments

    This week signals the completion of a first step, in the evolution of the ASAM Weekly. Dr. Christian Schrader (MAJ, MC, USA) is the 2nd of the two University of Hawai`i addiction fellows to participate in the editorial vetting of this digest. We will continue to expand participation in the near future, happily enlisting Dr. Karen Miotto, Director of the Addictions Psychiatry Service at UCLA and members of her fellowship team.
  • August 20, 2015

    Thirteen Senators Stand Up for Increased Access to Addiction Treatment

    Thirteen US Senators wrote a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell requesting that she use her authority to lift the cap on the number of patients with an opioid use disorder a physician can treat at one time.
  • August 17, 2015

    Editor's Comments

    This is the first edition in a pilot project for the ASAM Weekly, in which Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine fellows within training programs are provided the opportunity to review and comment on the articles provided. In this model, a senior faculty member such as the Editor reviews the work product, and further edits or augments the commentary as needed.
  • August 14, 2015

    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.
  • August 14, 2015

    Join October Rally and Advocate for Addiction Solutions

    Be one of many coming to Washington, DC in a show of solidarity and collective force to help the 22 million Americans with addiction, support prevention for those not yet affected, stand up for the 23 million more in recovery, and urgently act to save the 350 lives lost each day
  • August 14, 2015

    Member Profile: Edwin Salsitz, MD, FASAM

    Dr. Salsitz has been involved in ASAM’s educational programs since 1998, when he took his first Review Course. As a result of his significant contributions to the field, he was named an ASAM Fellow in 2003 and received the ASAM Annual Award in 2014.
  • August 13, 2015

    Open Letter: Why I Helped Form a New Mexico ASAM Chapter

    My name is Dr. John R. Vigil, MD. I am the president of the newly chartered New Mexico Society of Addiction Medicine (NMSAM) and have been asked by ASAM to write why we started a state chapter in New Mexico.
  • August 13, 2015

    The Importance of Donating: One Family’s Story

    There are a myriad of reasons that can compel someone to donate to an organization. Ms. Joanne Krawczyk and Mr. Bill Keefe were not motivated to donate to the Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment because they are members of ASAM, or even because they are in the field, but they did so to honor their late son, Alex.
  • August 13, 2015

    Generals Always Fight the Last War

    The last war is prescription opioid abuse and addiction. The response has been to educate patients and doctors about appropriate prescribing and better management of pain through the use of non-medication alternatives. The new war is heroin.