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Aug. 30, 2011
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Violence Against Women is Major Public Health Concern
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Women who experience gender-based violence such as rape, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking have a higher prevalence of mental health disorders, dysfunction, and disability, according to a new study. Researchers found that violence against women is a major public health concern; and in the U.S., 17 percent of women report rape or attempted rape, and more than one-fifth say they have been the victims of intimate partner violence, stalking, or both. More


September is National Recovery Month
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Recovery Month promotes the benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. There are events happening all over the U.S. in honor of Recovery Month, including several on Sept. 1 to kick off Recovery Month. Click here to find one in your area. Also be sure to visit Rally for Recovery to find out about rallies happening all over the country.


ASAM Participating in NCADD Conference
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The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is hosting its Annual Conference of Affiliates in Washington, DC, Sept. 7-10. ASAM will be participating on ways that ASAM chapters and NCADD Affiliates can collaborate on chapter development and activities. More

Cellphone Pictures May Aid Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction
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Sending cellphone pictures of medications before taking them may provide a simple but effective way to monitor compliance with prescribed treatment for methamphetamine addiction, a new study found. More

Binge Drinkers Are Less Able to Learn New Verbal Information
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A study of the association between binge drinking and declarative memory – a form of long-term memory – in university students has found a link between binge drinking and poorer verbal declarative memory. More

Do Stimulants for ADHD Increase the Risk of Substance Use Disorders?
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Longitudinal studies have suggested certain psychopathologic characteristics of ADHD can predispose an individual to substance use disorders independent of stimulant exposure. For some patients, however, stimulants might protect against future SUDs. More


Alcohol and Impulsivity — High Risk
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In a long-running, prospective cohort study among people seeking help for alcohol-related problems, those with poor impulse control had an increased risk of dying. More

Indoor Tanning May Be Addictive
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Frequent users of tanning beds exhibited brain activity similar to that observed in people addicted to drugs or alcohol, results of a small clinical study showed. More

Dealers and Users Move From Bath Salts to 'Jewelry Cleaner'
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Synthetic cocaine dealers are ignoring doctors and scientists, while pushing increasingly dangerous substances. Dealers are now hiding a potentially deadly cocaine-like powder in packaging called "jewelry cleaner." More

Alcoholic Thinking
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Do alcoholics really take things in differently than so-called normal people? Yes and no. Luckily, as Ruth Fowler explains, there are tools to combat the insanity of life, drunk or sober. More

Gambling Often an Overlooked Addiction
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People who have an addiction are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to gambling. Gambling has often been called the hidden illness; there is no odor like from alcohol, there is no stumbling of steps, or slurring of speech. However, problem gambling is as debilitating as alcohol or drug addiction. More

Marijuana Withdrawal Syndrome: Should Cannabis Withdrawal Disorder Be Included in DSM-5?
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DSM-IV, published in 1994, did not include a cannabis withdrawal disorder diagnosis. DSM-IV-TR clearly stated the reason for the omission: "Symptoms of possible cannabis withdrawal have been described in association with the use of very high doses, but their clinical significance is uncertain." Now, with more than 15 years of new research, should it be included in DSM-5? More

Moving Beyond Parity — Mental Health and Addiction Care Under the ACA
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Enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in 2008 was the culmination of a decades-long effort to improve insurance coverage for mental health and addiction treatment. Now, the Affordable Care Act has the potential to affect the financing and delivery of mental health and addiction care even more profoundly. More

SAMHSA Revises Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants
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SAMHSA announced a new approach for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant. Under the new approach, states and territories will consider new factors in their redesigned plans. More

Arizona Officials Lodge Complaints Against 8 Physicians for Medical Pot Prescriptions
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Arizona health officials have filed complaints against eight physicians who have recommended nearly half of the 10,000 Arizonans certified to use medical marijuana. They say the physicians have failed to check patients' prescription-drug histories as required. Lisa Wynn, executive director of the Arizona Board of Medical Examiners, said a record-keeping violation would be relatively simple to review, however, a clinical investigation involving patient care would involve hiring an expert in medical marijuana use to evaluate whether physicians were acting appropriately. More

Michigan Medical Marijuana Law Set for Fall Legislative Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Michigan legislative push to place tighter controls on medical marijuana will begin in the fall and could make it a felony for a physician to authorize use of the drug by falsely certifying the applicant has a debilitating condition. State officials have said the 2008 voter-approved law is intentionally vague, so as to allow profit-oriented marijuana dispensaries to openly sell the drug to customers who can now obtain a certificate with minimal effort online. More

New Jersey to Overhaul Prevention Programs
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New Jersey is overhauling its substance abuse prevention programs to meet new federal standards and to open contracts to competitive bidding. The state will redirect federal funds for 21 county-based resource centers to new regional coalitions with a federally mandated focus on changing policy and social norms. More

AMA Call to Action: Debt Fight and the SGR
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The American Medical Association is asking physicians to email or call their legislators and urge them to repeal the sustainable growth rate. If no action is taken in 2011, the SGR will impose cuts of nearly 30 percent Jan. 1. More


First Buprenorphine Treatment Website Focused on African-Americans Addicted to Opiates, Their Families and Physicians Now Available
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Howard University has launched the first website that focuses on African-American residents of Washington, DC, who are addicted to opiates, their families and physicians. The website was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More

Access CPT Codes on Your Smartphone
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Looking up CPT evaluation and management billing codes has never been easier — or faster — thanks to a new AMA app. This on-the-go reference guide helps you quickly determine appropriate CPT E/M billing codes simply by accessing your smartphone. Featuring both decision-tree logic and quick-search options, this critical app also allows you to digitally track the codes you select, and then email them anywhere. More

Services Provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs
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Veterans Affairs provides the largest network of care facilities in the world specifically aimed at the nation's veterans. Medical centers and clinics span the country, providing physical and mental health care. Because the VA has been working to train all providers in evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, the VA mental health programs are a key resource in finding effective therapy. More

ASAM Online Membership Directory/DoctorFinder Feature
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Please take a few minutes to review and update the information in your ASAM member profile. This information appears in ASAM's expanded Membership Directory/DoctorFinder Feature on ASAM's website at A complete and accurate member profile helps you get the most out of your membership. To update your complete profile, log into the Members' Only section of ASAM's website at using your member credentials and click on the submit button to save your changes. If you change positions, leave your organization, or your employment status changes this will ensure the continuance of member benefits including your copies of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, ASAM Weekly, and other communications related to your ASAM membership.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location More Information
Sept. 1 Addiction Medicine Journal Club St. Paul, Minnesota MNASAM
Sept. 1-4 World Convention of Narcotics Anonymous San Diego WCNA
Sept. 6-10 ISAM Annual Conference Oslo, Norway ISAM
Sept. 7-10 Annual Conference of Affiliates Washington, DC National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Sept. 17-21 National Conference on Addiction Disorders San Diego NCAD
Sept. 19-20 Connecticut Recovery Conference Mystic Seaport Region, CT Connecticut Certification Board & New England Association of Drug Court Professionals
Sept. 21-23 International Network on Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems Annual Conference and AOD-SBI Meeting Boston INEBRIA
Sept. 22 Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders Buprenorphine Training Courses Cincinnati University of Cincinnati
Sept. 23 2011 CeTREAD/UC Health Addiction Update Cincinnati University of Cincinnati
Sept. 27 Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Balancing Safety and Efficacy Waterbury, CT Connecticut State Medical Society
Oct. 27-29 State of the Art in Addiction Medicine Washington, DC ASAM
Nov. 3-5 AMERSA 35th Annual National Conference Arlington, VA AMERSA
Nov. 4-6 2011 CSAM Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference Vancouver, BC, Canada Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
Dec. 2-4 Comprehensive MRO: Toxicology Testing and the Physician's Role in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Washington, DC ASAM
Dec. 8-11 AAAP 22nd Annual Meeting and Symposium Scottsdale, AZ AAAP

Upcoming Chapter Events

Date Chapter Location More Information
Sept. 8-11 New England/Massachusetts Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 24th Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Sept. 10 Massachusetts Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 2011 MASAM Annual Meeting and Elections
Sept. 15 Texas Austin, TX Texas Chapter Business Meeting
Sept. 16 Texas Austin, TX 4th Annual Addiction Symposium, "Walking the Tightrope of Chronic Pain Management"
Oct. 12-15 California Long Beach, CA 2011 Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference


Educational Resources

Physician Clinical Support System

Families Facing Addiction
Free social networking site to unite families who are coping with the addiction of a loved one.

Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse - Orchestrating Change

Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Current Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines and Stimulants for Patients With Substance Use Disorders

Current Options in the Management of Opioid Dependence: A Review

Bill Moyers on Addiction
(5 Part Special)

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