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New Front Opens in Florida Pill War
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Crackdown on clinics selling oxycodone makes headway, but those addicted are now crowding pharmacies. More



Dr. Stuart Gitlow Interviewed About Medical Marijuana
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On March 6, ASAM Acting President Dr. Stuart Gitlow was interviewed by Dr. Drew Pinsky on HLN about the use of medical marijuana. More

How Can ASAM Meet Demand for Addiction Specialists?
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In the latest installment of President's Blog, Dr. Stuart Gitlow asks how ASAM can meet a demand for addiction diagnosis and treatment that will exceed the supply of addiction specialist physicians and asks for input. Join the conversation. More

United States Drug Testing Laboratories, Inc.

We look forward to seeing you at the ASAM 43rd Annual Medical-Scientific Conference. For more information about USDTL, please visit our website:

2012 Member-Get-A-Member Competition
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Invite your peers to join ASAM today! Share with them the value of connecting with physicians dedicated to advancing addiction medicine and treatment and strengthen the voice of your Society. Prizes will be awarded to the members that recruit the most new members through our online referral form (now through April 13). More

Register Now for Med-Sci — 10 Days Until End of Early Bird Registration!
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Register now for ASAM's Medical-Scientific Conference and Pre-Conference Courses and save $100. ASAM's annual conference is the largest conference in the specialty field of Addiction Medicine and features scientific symposia, clinically oriented courses and workshops, as well as a presentation of submitted papers. More

Buzz Kill: How Does Alcohol Affect the Teenage Brain?
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Binge drinking not only increases the risk of fatal car accidents, irresponsible sexual behavior, and acute alcohol poisoning, but it can also have long-term — perhaps irreversible — effects on the teenage brain. More

Screen Patient Hormonal Status With Long Opioid Therapy
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A study finds that patients with intractable pain must be routinely monitored with pituitary-adrenal-gonadal axis screening and clinically treated for deficient or excessive hormone levels. More


HIV Testing Practices Among Buprenorphine-Prescribing Physicians
Journal of Addiction Medicine (Free Member Resource)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for annual HIV testing of at-risk populations, including those with substance use disorders, there are no data on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing practices of buprenorphine-prescribing physicians. More

CDC Report Shows High Frequency of Binge Drinking
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. are binge drinkers, who consume an average of eight drinks per occasion about four times a month. More

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Found a Greater Threat Than Alcohol
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A new teen driving study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) finds that 1 in 5 teen drivers reports that they have driven under the influence of marijuana. More

Legal Risks of Going Paperless
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Electronic medical records are meant to save time and money, but they also can create liability issues for doctors. More

Opinion: How to Treat the Epidemic
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Kevin A. Sabet, who is an assistant professor of addiction studies and has served in three different administrations' drug policy offices, writes about the role prescribers, doctors, government, and industry officials can play in treating the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. More
Related stories:
» Room for Debate: Opioids Are Rarely the Answer (The New York Times)
» Room for Debate: Parallels With Gun Control (The New York Times)

Elimination of Psychiatric Services at Cedars-Sinai Could Foreshadow Cutbacks
Psychiatric Times (Free Registration Required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A major hospital's decision to phase out most of its psychiatric services and its psychiatry residency program has rattled the profession. More

Post-Parity Employer Trends
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Although the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008, the regulations that govern the law's implementation have been effective for calendar-year plans only since January 1. Read and learn about post-parity employer trends. More

HIV and Injection Drug Users
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The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds a recent reduction in the number of HIV infections attributed to injection drug use; however, those who use injection drugs are also found to be less likely to be tested for HIV. More

Congress Holds Hearing on US Prescription Drug Epidemic
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The United State House of Representatives held a hearing entitled, "The Prescription Drug Epidemic in America." Full witness testimony is available online. More


Extended-Release Injectable Naltrexone
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The latest Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) advisory gives an overview of extended-release injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol) and discusses how it differs from other medication-assisted treatments, safety concerns, and patients most likely to benefit from this treatment. More

Get Involved During National Prevention Week
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National Prevention Week is a new annual health observance supported by the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that celebrates the work that community organizations and individuals do year-round to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being. More

New Support Available for Hispanic Families With Substance Abusing Parents
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The National Association for Children of Alcoholics has translated its "Celebrating Families!" whole family evidence-based early recovery program into Spanish. More

Clinical Training

Date Event Location More Information

March 14 Understanding and Utilizing the ASAM Placement Criteria Online NAADAC

March 16 Best Practices in Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Dependence Westport, MA ASAM

March 18-24 National Inhalant and Poisons Awareness Week Nationwide NIPC

March 19-21 NAADAC Advocacy in Action Conference Washington, DC NAADAC

March 20 Public Health Grand Rounds: Preventing Excessive Alcohol Use Online CDC

March 28 How to Market Yourself as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Washington, DC NAADAC

March 30 Psychological Management and Pharmacology of Patients with Chronic Pain and Depression, Schizophrenia, and PTSD Online American Psychiatric Association

March 30-31 NC Addiction Medicine 2012 Conference Asheville, NC Governor's Institute on Substance Abuse

April 10 The Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Prescription Opioid Dependence Online PCSS-B

April 10-12 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit Orlando, FL National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

April 19-22 43rd Medical-Scientific Conference Atlanta ASAM

April 19 Ruth Fox Course For Physicians Atlanta ASAM

April 19 Pain and Addiction: Common Threads XII Atlanta ASAM

April 19 NIDA Blending Initiative Knowledge Exchange Meeting Atlanta NIDA

May 19-22 Updates in Correctional Health Care Conference San Antonio, TX National Commission on Correctional Health Care

May 8 Models of Buprenorphine Induction Online PCSS-B

May 20-26 National Prevention Week Nationwide SAMHSA

May 25 Hawaii Addictions Conference, New Trends and Developments Honolulu University of Hawaii

June 8 2012 Annual International Women's and Children's Health and Gender Working Group Palm Springs, CA InWomens

June 12 How To Screen Psychiatric Patients Or Other Patients Being Considered for Opioid Pain Management Online PCSS-B

Date Chapter Location More Information

March 23 Pennsylvania Wernersville, PA 2nd Annual PSAM Addiction Medicine Conference

June 14-16 Florida Orlando, FL FSAM Annual CME Conference

June 21-22 Massachusetts Waltham, MA Addiction Medicine for All Providers, A Risk Management Program

June 29-30 Georgia and South Carolina Charleston, SC Addiction Treatment: The Marriage of Science and Image Relationship Therapy


Educational Resources

President's Blog

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.

But What About the Children? Campaign
How marijuana legalization would affect children

Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse - Orchestrating Change

Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask

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.

Nature Magazines
Focus On Addiction

Schizophrenia Special

Emerging Solutions in Pain
Pain and Addiction Webinars

Faces and Voices of Recovery
Make Recovery Voices Count Resource Guide

Click here for more ASAM CME activities.

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