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July 12, 2011
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IOM Report Recommends Changes in Pain Management
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Chronic pain affects 116 million Americans and costs the U.S. as much as $635 billion each year, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine that called for changes in how chronic pain is managed. More


CO*RE Study
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ASAM is a member of CO*RE (Collaboration for REMS Education). CO*RE is a collaboration of nine professional societies to improve the safe and efficient prescription of pain medications and to address the Food and Drug Administration's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies requirements for long-acting opioids. Along with the other CO*RE member organizations, we ask that you take a few minutes to participate in a national survey designed to identify key areas for education, preferred forms of education and the number of hours clinicians are willing to engage in education. Thank you for your participation. Click here for the survey.


ASAM Makes ASAM Weekly Available to All Medical Professionals
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ASAM announced that subscription to ASAM Weekly is now available to all field professionals. This premier ASAM resource keeps physicians and other health care practitioners involved in the business of addiction medicine with links and news stories that impact the industry and field. More

Nonmedical Use of Opioid Analgesics Obtained Directly From Physicians: Prevalence and Correlates
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In light of significant risks associated with opioid use, physicians are encouraged to monitor patients to whom they prescribe them. This study investigates the source of opioids used nonmedically, the features of patients who obtain these opioids from physicians, and the extent to which other sources are used. More

Opioid Analgesic Use During Pregnancy is Associated With Increased Risk for Birth Defects
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Infants whose mothers used opioid analgesics prior to or during early pregnancy are more likely to have certain birth defects, including hydrocephaly, spina bifida, and congenital heart defects. More


Beta-Blocker May Prevent Stress-Related Relapse
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Psychosocial stress can make it difficult for those recovering from heroin addiction to make decisions even after a lengthy period of abstinence, potentially contributing to an increased risk for stress-related relapse, a new study suggests. However, the research also suggests that treatment with the β-blocker propranolol can block stress-induced impairment in decision-making in these individuals, potentially reducing the risk for stress-related relapse. More

Gender Differences in Risk Pathways for Adolescent Substance Abuse and Early Adult Alcoholism
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According to a recent Finnish study, boys and girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may differ from each other in their vulnerability to substance use problems. More

Black Patients More Likely to be Monitored for Prescription Drug Abuse
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Despite studies that show that whites are more likely than blacks to misuse prescription pain medications, a new study reveals that blacks are significantly more likely than whites to be checked for potential drug abuse. More

Betty Ford Helped Pioneer Addiction Treatment
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How REAL is that Pain — Objective Testing Difficult
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It is difficult for physicians to assess pain objectively in patients. A doctor has no way of knowing just how much a patient is really suffering. More

Fake Marijuana, Huge Profits
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The drugs are fake. The highs are real. And the money is huge. From "incense" to "bath salts," synthetic drugs are semilegal — for now. More

Cocaine Laced With Veterinary Drug Levamisole Eats Away at Flesh
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Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug levamisole could be the culprit in a flurry of flesh-eating disease. The drug, used to deworm cattle, pigs, and sheep, can rot the skin off noses, ears, and cheeks. Why dealers would stretch their stash with levamisole instead of the more traditional fillers, like baking soda, is unclear, although studies in rats suggest the drug acts on the same brain receptors as cocaine. More

Washington Court: OK to Terminate Employee for Medical Marijuana Use
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A Washington Supreme Court has ruled that it is OK for an employer to terminate an employee for violating its no drug policy, even though the employee is in compliance with the state's medical marijuana law. More

Global Demand Increasing for Synthetic Drugs
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While global markets for cocaine, heroin, and cannabis declined or remained stable in 2009-2010, the production and abuse of prescription opioid drugs and new synthetic drugs rose, the United Nations annual drug report said. "The gains we have witnessed in the traditional drugs markets are being offset by a fashion for synthetic 'designer drugs' mimicking illegal substances," said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. More

ONDCP Update
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The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy issued its latest update. It includes a report on the "Economic Impact of Illicit Drug Use on American Society" as well as highlights some of ONDCP's partners who provide assistance to military veterans and their families. More

SAMHSA Previews New, Comprehensive Approach to Recovery Month Efforts
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National Recovery Month will host its 21st anniversary observance in September. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration unveiled materials developed to help communities plan and host Recovery Month events and activities to help address the treatment needs of those dealing with behavioral health problems such as substance abuse and mental illnesses. More

Provider Denials - ASAM Member Survey: In/Out-of-Network
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It has come to ASAM's attention that some health plans are denying ASAM- and/or ABAM-certified physicians as in-network addiction specialist physicians. If you have been excluded as an addiction treatment provider by either in-network or out-of-network behavioral health plans, ASAM wants to know. Email Alexis Geier Horan, director of government relations. Please include the name of the health plan, the circumstances surrounding the denial, and any communiqués by the health plan (e.g., denial letters, credentialing criteria).


How to Talk to Older Patients About Medication and Alcohol Misuse
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AudioBrief Louis A. Trevisan, M.D., and Shannon M. Drew, M.D., discuss screening for substance use disorders in the elderly. Drs. Trevisan and Drew are assistant clinical professors of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. More

HBO Addiction Website
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The Addiction Project is produced by HBO in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. More

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July 17-20 17th Annual Drug Court Training Conference Washington, DC National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Aug. 3-7 IDAA Annual Meeting 2011 Tucson, AZ IDAA
Aug. 5 Reducing the Stigma of Addiction: The Addiction Performance Project Bethesda, MD National Institute on Drug Abuse
Aug. 26-30 Steering the Mission Through the Challenges of Change San Diego National Association of Community Health Centers
Sept. 1-4 World Convention of Narcotics Anonymous San Diego WCNA
Sept. 6-10 ISAM Annual Conference Oslo, Norway ISAM
Sept. 17-21 National Conference on Addiction Disorders San Diego NCAD
Sept. 21-23 International Network on Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems Annual Conference and AOD-SBI Meeting Boston INEBRIA
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

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July 14 Massachusetts Waltham, MA MASAM 2011 Summer Program
Aug. 26-27 Georgia Atlanta 2011 Summer Conference
Sept. 8-11 New England/Massachusetts Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 24th Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders
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


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Families Facing Addiction
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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
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