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Sept. 13, 2011
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Presidential Proclamation — National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
The White House    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During September and throughout the year, we must promote recovery and support the growth of healthy, resilient individuals and families in the United States. Recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs takes strength, faith, and commitment. Men and women in recovery showcase the power each of us holds to transform ourselves, our families, and our communities. As people share their stories and celebrate the transformative power of recovery, they also help dispel myths and stigmas surrounding substance abuse and offer hope for lifestyles free from alcohol and other drugs. More



Call for Abstracts for ASAM's 43rd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference
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ASAM is now accepting abstracts for the 43rd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference to be held in Atlanta, April 19-22. Last day to submit is Oct. 14. More

Alcohol Effects on Performance Monitoring and Adjustment: Affect Modulation and Impairment of Evaluative Cognitive Control
Journal of Abnormal Psychology (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most people have witnessed otherwise intelligent people doing embarrassing or stupid things when they are intoxicated, but what specifically happens in the brain to cause such actions? More

In-School Screening Picks Up Mental Health Issues
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
School-based mental health screening identifies troubled kids and helps get them into care, research has found. A screening program in Wisconsin high schools found that nearly 20 percent of those assessed had mental health conditions, and about three-quarters of these students weren't currently receiving treatment. More

Kaiser Permanente: Northern California Opportunities
Practice opportunities available for Addiction Medicine psychiatrist and internists with an interest in Addiction Medicine. For more information contact or visit our website:

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Reconsidered
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Debate over long-term opioid therapy seems to pit a commitment to compassionate care of patients with chronic pain against an adequate response to the epidemic of prescription opioid abuse and overdose, but these goals need not be mutually exclusive. More

Gastric Bypass Lowers Alcohol Tolerance
The Lancet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Physicians should warn gastric bypass patients that they may not be as tolerant of alcohol as they were prior to surgery, one researcher urged. The procedure may lead to metabolic changes that potentially affect the patient's sensitivity to even small amounts of drink. More

Big Pharma Compensation for Doctors
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An update of PropPublica's Dollars for Docs database includes more than $760 million in payments from 12 pharmaceutical companies to physicians and other health care providers for consulting, speaking, research, and expenses. More

Hawaii, Arkansas, and Oklahoma Lead the Nation for Methamphetamine Use in the Workforce
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Quest Diagnostics' annual report on U.S. worker drug use found that several Western and Midwestern states register dramatically higher than the national average for methamphetamine use. The report also shows that while efforts around the country to control availability of the highly addictive substance and educate against its use may be making progress in some areas, the drug's attraction among U.S. workers may be moving eastward. More

Addiction and Adderall
The Fix    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many people in recovery struggle with attention deficit disorder. This article explores whether ADD/ADHD treatment is more dangerous than the problem. More

New Tests for Dangerous Legal Marijuana, Bath Salts, and Other Emerging Designer Drugs
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Scientists have developed much needed new tests to help cope with a wave of deaths, emergency room visits, and other problems from a new genre of dangerous designer drugs sold legally in stores and online that mimic the effects of cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. More

New Missouri DOT Smartphone App Estimates Blood-Alcohol Concentration
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A new smartphone app from the Missouri Department of Transportation allows users to calculate their estimated blood alcohol concentration based on how many drinks they have consumed, how long they have been drinking, and their gender. More

New York State Bill Would Boost Controls on Vicodin
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Since 1999, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration have been studying whether or not to reclassify hydrocodone. Recently, some members of Congress say they're fed up, and have filed a bill that would bypass agencies and move hydrocodone to a more restrictive category. ASAM submitted comments earlier this month to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging hydrocodone to be reclassified as a Schedule II narcotic drug. More

White House Drug Policy Office Awards More Than $88 Million to Local Communities to Prevent Youth Substance Use
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The Office of National Drug Control Policy announced $12.3 million in new Drug Free Communities Support Program grants in addition to the nearly $76 million in continuation grants. These grants provide community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance use. More

4-State Drug Task Force Established
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Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia have joined to create the Interstate Prescription Drug Task Force, according to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The partnership is aimed at combating the region's prescription drug problem. More


How Psychotherapy Changes the Brain
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During the past several decades, it has become clear that all mental processes derive from mechanisms of the brain. This means that any change in psychological processes is reflected by changes in the functions or structures of the brain. More

Strategies to Help Patients Break the Chains of Tobacco Addiction
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Current treatment guidelines suggest all smokers should be offered pharmacotherapy and counseling to aid quitting because this combined approach has the highest success rate. More

Problems of Overdiagnosis and Overprescribing in ADHD
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ADHD is the most extensively studied pediatric mental health disorder, yet controversy and public debate over the diagnosis and medication treatment of the disorder continue to exist. More

New SAMHSA Publications: Treatment and Recovery in Behavioral Health for Americans With Disabilities
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SAMHSA has released a new publication, Treatment and Recovery in Behavioral Health for Americans With Disabilities. Formats include CD, DVD, VHS, and webcast. More

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location More Information
September National Recovery Month Nationwide SAMHSA
Sept. 17 SBIRT Face-To-Face Training San Diego SBIRT
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 Physicians Practice Live Training Webinar Physicians Practice
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. 15-19 National Conference on Correctional Health Care Baltimore NCCHC
Oct. 26 SBIRT Face-To-Face Training Denver SBIRT
Oct. 27-29 State of the Art in Addiction Medicine Washington, DC ASAM
Oct. 29 Prescription Drug Take Back Day Nationwide Take Back Initiative
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
Jan. 13-15 Group Relations Conference: Authority and Leadership in Recovery from Addiction Chicago CCSGO-AKRI

Upcoming Chapter Events

Date Chapter Location More Information
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"
Sept. 27 Kentucky Lexington, KY KYSAM Meeting and Elections
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)

Click here for more ASAM CME activities.

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