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ASAM Publishes New Public Policy Statement, 'Women, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Pregnancy'
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ASAM's Board of Directors recently adopted a new public policy statement focused on the prevention of alcohol and other drug-related harm in pregnant women and their children. To read the full public policy statement, please click here.

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Nominate ASAM's Next Officers and Regional Directors
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Nominations are now being accepted for ASAM officer and director positions. October 15 is the deadline to submit nominations. More

Still Time for Discounted Rates for ASAM's State of the Art
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ASAM's 2011 Course on the State of the Art in Addiction Medicine will meet October 27-29 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. The State of the Art course focuses on cutting-edge research and the potential of such research to enrich the clinical practice of addiction medicine. Register by October 14 and save $100 off registration rates. More

Call for Abstracts, Courses, and Workshops for ASAM's 43rd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference
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ASAM is now accepting abstracts, courses, and workshops for the 43rd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference to be held at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel, April 19-22, 2012. CME Credits will be offered for selected sessions. Last day to submit abstracts, courses, and workshops is October 14. More




Drinking Pattern Linked to Alcohol's Effect on Heart Health
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For the first time, new research shows that patterns of alcohol consumption — a drink or two every night, or several cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights only — may be more important in determining alcohol's influence on heart health than the total amount consumed. More

Sex Hormones: A New Treatment for Cocaine Abuse?
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Two neuroactive steroid hormones, progesterone and testosterone, dampen the reinforcing effects of cocaine in female nonhuman primates. More

College Shooting Leads to PTSD Gene Discovery
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Polymorphisms in a gene that regulates serotonin may predispose some people to post-traumatic stress disorder if they experience or witness trauma, a longitudinal study suggested. More

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Gays, Lesbians Lose Out in Medical School Curricula
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Most medical schools only give about five hours of classroom time to the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients, a survey reveals. More

Opioid Receptors: Binding That Ties
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The role of μ-opioid receptors in partner preference formation. More




Addiction Medicine on the Road to Subspecialty Status
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VideoBrief There's a big push to educate non-psychiatrists about the progress of addiction treatment, and one way to do that is by gaining subspecialty recognition. More

Overdose Deaths Now Outnumber MVA Fatalities
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Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that overdose deaths in 2009 exceeded deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents and have increased by 38 percent. Prescription drugs now contribute to more unintentional overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. More

Abuse of Xanax Leads a Clinic to Halt Supply
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Citing concern over overdoses, doctors at Seven Counties Services in Louisville, KY, have stopped writing prescriptions for the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. More



Opioid Abuse Common Among Former NFL Players
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Nearly three-fourths of NFL players misused opioids for pain relief during their career, and 15 percent continue to do so in retirement, according to a study. More

Opinion: For Many, a Life-Saving Drug Out of Reach
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With the number of overdose deaths from opioids exceeding motor vehicle accident deaths in 2009, some are suggesting that making naloxone available over-the-counter and in every first aid kit could save lives. More
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National Survey on Drug Use and Health Released
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The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which provides the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of substance use among people age 12 and older, showed no statistically significant one-year increases from 2009 in any past-month illicit drug-use category for any age group. More

Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Launches
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Florida's prescription-drug-monitoring database, which advocates say will help discourage doctor shopping and deter physicians from over-prescribing, launched September 1 despite Gov. Rick Scott's opposition to the program. More

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Cannabis, Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Psychosis Risk: What the Evidence Says
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Mounting research is demonstrating a clear association between cannabis and psychosis. A review of evidence on marijuana's impact on the risk of developing psychotic disorders, as well as the potential contributions of "medical" marijuana and other legally available products containing synthetic cannabinoids to psychosis risk. More

Call for Abstracts for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence
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The College on Problems of Drug Dependence will hold its 74th Annual Scientific Meeting at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA, June 9-14. The deadline for symposia and workshops submissions is October 17, and that for abstract submissions is December 1. More





Events
Conferences
Clinical Training

Date Event Location More Information

Oct. 11 Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Dependence in Adolescents and Young Adults Webinar PCSS-B

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

July 22-27 XIX International AIDS Conference Washington, DC Get Involved





Date Chapter Location More Information

Oct. 12-15 California Long Beach, CA 2011 Addiction Medicine State of the Art Conference

Oct. 22 New Jersey Summit, NJ NJSAM Chapter Meeting

Nov. 19 Maryland Linthicum, MD VA-DC-MDSAM Joint Educational and Business Meeting

Feb. 3-4 New York New York NYSAM 8th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference




 


Educational Resources

ASAM
Physician Clinical Support System

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

NIDA
Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse - Orchestrating Change

NIDA
Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Current Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines and Stimulants for Patients With Substance Use Disorders

JAAPA
Current Options in the Management of Opioid Dependence: A Review

PBS
Bill Moyers on Addiction
(5 Part Special)

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