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AAP Urges Universal Drug Screening for Teens
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The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement urging that all adolescents be screened for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use at every office visit. More


Renew Your Membership Today
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Reminder — If you have not already renewed your ASAM membership for 2012, please do so now in order to continue to receive your membership benefits and services. Renewing is easy. You can renew online with your credit card by using your membership credentials, or you can contact the national office at 301-656-3920 or 800-844-8948. More


Register for the Comprehensive MRO Course
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Learn the most up-to-date scientific information, guidelines, and practical tips for medical review officers. Through a highly interactive mix of lectures and panel discussions, participants will have an opportunity to interact with experts in the field and gain a deep understanding of toxicology testing and the physician's role in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. The course will be held December 2-4 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Register

Apply for a Ruth Fox Scholarship to ASAM's Annual Meeting
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Apply now for the Ruth Fox Scholarship for Physicians-in-Training. Scholars receive a three-year membership with ASAM as well as travel, complementary registrations for the 2012 Medical-Scientific Conference and the Ruth Fox Course, an invitation to the ASAM Awards Luncheon, and a $50 per diem for five days. The application deadline is November 30. 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:

FDA Find Risks of Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Not Higher With Chantix
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Nicotine dependents who take varenicline (Chantix) are not more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric events than those who are using a nicotine patch to quit, according to data from two large studies released by the FDA. More

Functional Genetic Variants Predict Alcohol and Drug Dependence
Molecular Psychiatry (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 5-HT3 receptor is rapidly potentiated by ethanol and medicates fast excitatory serotonin (5-HT) transmission that modulates dopamine release in the reward circuitry. More

Yoga More Effective Than Usual Care for Back Function
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Yoga was proven superior to routine care for improving function in patients with chronic low back pain in a recent study. More


"12" is a powerful new educational video that uses peer to peer communications to tell the TRUTH about addiction from Young addicts with long term sobriety.

Eating Disorders a New Front in Insurance Fight
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People with eating disorders like anorexia have opened up a new battleground in the insurance wars that tests the boundaries of laws mandating equivalent coverage for mental illness. More

Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents
Psychiatric Times (free registration required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traumatic experiences can have significant psychological effects on adolescent emotional well-being and overall development. Read an eight-stage approach to treating children who have had traumatic experiences and learn how to improve treatment outcomes. More

President Announces $1 Billion to Improve Health Care
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On November 14, President Barack Obama's administration announced $1 billion in Health Care Innovation Challenge grants to implement the most compelling new ideas that better deliver health care, improve care and lower the cost to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Proposals are encouraged to focus on high cost and high-risk groups including those populations with mental health or substance abuse issues. More

Institute of Medicine Report Calls for Oversight of Health IT
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A new Institute of Medicine report evaluates health information technology safety concerns and recommends ways that the government and the private sector can make patient care safer. More

SAMHSA Awards UCLA Grant for Substance Abuse Prevention in Iraq
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As part of an agreement to support the Iraqi Demand Reduction Initiative, SAMHSA awarded the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) $770,000 to support the development of substance abuse services in Iraq. More

Clinical Training

Date Event Location More Information

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 Practice Issues in Implementing Lifestyle Medicine: Redesigning Clinical Practice Online AMA Online

Dec. 8-11 AAAP 22nd Annual Meeting and Symposium Scottsdale, AZ AAAP

Dec. 13 Interactions Between HIV and Substance Abuse: Medical Management and Drug Interactions Online PCSS-B Training

Jan. 13-15 Group Relations Conference: Authority and Leadership in Recovery from Addiction Chicago CCSGO-AKRI

Date Chapter Location More Information

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


Educational Resources

Physician Clinical Support System

SBIRT Training

Official Blog of ONDCP

The Prison Journal

Exponents Center for Personal & Professional Development

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 Options in the Management of Opioid Dependence: A Review

Bill Moyers on Addiction
(5 Part Special)

Women For Sobriety
A national self-help program dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions.

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Richard G. Soper, M.D., J.D., M.S., FASAM, Editor-In-Chief, ASAM Weekly
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