2012 Conference News

           

Sunday

  • CDC Taking Steps to Combat Opioid DeathsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that enough opioids were sold in 2010 to give every American adult a 5 mg Vicodin tablet every four hours for a month. Read More
  • Attendees Line Up to Tell the CDC to Act NowAnnual Medical-Scientific Conference attendees didn't hold back their questions and comments after Ileana Arias, Ph.D., the second-in-command at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented her Policy Plenary keynote talk Saturday morning on addressing prescription drug abuse. Read More
  • Physicians Key in Appropriate Buprenorphine UseMisconceptions—yes or no? Buprenorphine diversion and misuse are signs that my patient is "bad" and should be kicked out of treatment. Buprenorphine is the lesser evil than using street drugs. Diversion and misuse are inevitable, so it is OK to ignore it. Read More
  • Clinicians Apply SBIRT to Adolescents and Young AdultsJohn Knight, M.D., shared a rich history in research of new strategies for early identification and intervention in adolescent substance abuse during Saturday's Symposium 9, "SBIRT—Adolescent and Young Adults in General Medical Settings: Scientific Updates and Clinical Implications." Read More
  • Frank Vocci, Ph.D., Becomes Third Co-Editor of JAMASAM's Board of Directors voted during the Med-Sci Conference to approve the selection of Frank Vocci, Ph.D., as the third Co-Editor for Journal of Addiction Medicine (JAM), ASAM's official journal. The addition of Dr. Vocci comes at a critical moment in the journal's progress and in the wake of several successes in solidifying JAM as a leading scientific journal in addiction medicine. Read More
  • Family, Colleagues Inspire ASAM AwardeesThe presentation of ASAM's most prestigious awards Saturday brought two standing ovations and left attendees in awe of the tireless efforts of their fellow members. Read More
  • Researchers Examine International Addiction EffortsAddiction medicine researchers from Israel, Italy, and Spain shared findings Saturday from studies that examined substance abuse among recently discharged soldiers, prevalence and treatment of addiction and mental illness in the European Union (EU), and psychiatric disorders related to cocaine use. Read More
  • Synthetic Drugs Creating Havoc for LawmakersAddiction medicine specialists will encounter many patients who use two classes of synthetic drugs—synthetic cannabinoids (a.k.a. "Spice" or "K2") and substituted cathinones (a.k.a. "bath salts"). Learn what to expect with the use of these substances and the extent of their use during Symposium 11, "Emerging Drugs: Synthetic Cannabinoids and Substituted Cathinones" from 8 to 10 a.m., today, in Grand Salon West, Salon D. Read More
  • ASAM Board of Directors Approves Candidates for Fall ElectionThe ASAM Board of Directors has approved a slate of candidates to participate an election for ASAM Executive Officers by the membership. Individuals elected will serve terms running from 2013 to 2015. The candidates for an ASAM Executive Office are: Read More
  • ASAM Plans Campaign to Advocate for Medication-Assisted Treatment of AddictionIssues arising from the 2012 ASAM Annual Medical-Scientific Conference will set into motion a campaign to persuade insurance companies, government officials, and others about the health and fiscal value of medication-assisted treatment for addiction, says ASAM Patient Advocacy Task Force Chair Mark L. Kraus, M.D., FASAM. Read More
  • NCADD Uses April to Highlight Problem of Underage DrinkingMore than 6,500 youths under age 21 die each year from injuries suffered in accidents involving underage drinking. To highlight this important issue, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) made April NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month. Read More
  • Ruth Fox Scholarship Brings Residents to Med-Sci ConferenceAnother diverse group of resident physicians attended the 2012 ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference and the Ruth Fox Course, thanks to the Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund. Each year, selected residents are invited to apply for the Ruth Fox Scholarship, which includes travel and expenses, lodging, registration to the Ruth Fox Course, Medical-Scientific Conference, the ASAM Awards Luncheon, and a three-year membership in ASAM. Read More
  • Parity Implementation Coalition Advocates Mental Health SupportASAM will continue to push for adequate funding for mental health and addiction treatment as a major participant in the Parity Implementation Coalition, says A. Kenison Roy III, M.D., DFAPA, FASAM, Vice Chair of the ASAM Legislative Advocacy Committee. The coalition, with 14 member groups, seeks to ensure allocation of health care resources and services for mental health and addiction comparable to those provided for other health conditions. Read More
  • ASAM the Voice of Addiction Medicine on Capitol HillFrom one Medical-Scientific Conference to another, the ASAM Legislative Advocacy Committee works behind the scenes advocating for the addiction medicine specialty and its patients. The committee has much to show in terms of plans for the future and achievements from the past year. Read More
  • October 12 the Deadline for 2013 Conference AbstractsThe American Society of Addiction Medicine relies on addiction medicine specialists to bring the latest science to each year’s Medical-Scientific Conference by submitting abstracts, courses, and workshops. Therefore, ASAM invites member and non-member addiction specialists to submit programs for the 2013 Medical-Scientific Conference by the abstract submission deadline of October 12. Next year’s conference will

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  • Member Profile: Passionate About InvolvementGet involved. Your voice of advocacy is needed. Just ask Kelly Clark, M.D., M.B.A, DFAPA, FASAM, who serves as Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP). An ASAM member for 10 years, she is President of the Kentucky Society of Addiction Medicine. Read More
  • Member Profile: Persistent about Forming AlliancesForming alliances goes a long way in promoting addiction medicine advocacy, and Roy E. Smith, M.D., an ASAM member since 2009, has jumped in with both feet in his passion about educating more primary care physicians regarding the specialty. He is Medical Director of LRADAC Inpatient Detox and Outpatient Treatment Center in Columbia, S.C., and is currently President of the South Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine. Read More
  • Member Profile: Addiction Is a Health Care IssueASAM provides Daniel Glick, M.D., APBN, ABAM, FASAM, access to a dynamic network of career professionals who are leading a state-of-the-art, scientific movement to modernize and expand the working knowledge about addictive biology. The big impact of this work is driving a refocus on the problems of addictive disorders toward their appropriate categorization as an epidemic health care issue versus a legislative issue. Dr. Glick is an Addiction Psychiatrist at Scottsdale Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and President of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine. Read More
  • Med-Sci 2013 Blows into the Windy CityASAM members in Chicago are looking forward to introducing their fellow ASAM members from around the country to the sights, sounds, and foods the Windy City for next year's ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference April 25-28, 2013 in Chicago. The conference venue will be the Chicago Hilton. Read More

Saturday

  • Opening Plenary Speaker: Interventions Require “Highest Level of Evidence”Ask Richard Saitz, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FASAM, if he is for or against screening and brief intervention for alcohol and drug disorders, and he'd call your question silly. Read More
  • Pharmacotherapy Scant for Alcohol Use DisordersNot nearly enough patients needing medication treatment for alcohol use disorders are receiving it. This recurring message emerged in the first presentations of Friday's Symposium 2, "Update on Medications for Alcohol Dependence and Their Implementation into Practice," cosponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and ASAM. Read More
  • Med-Sci Meets Needs and Interests of New MembersNew members of ASAM converged on the New Members Welcome Reception Thursday to network with fellow new members and meet some long-time active ASAM members and ASAM Board members. When asked what brought them to the 2012 ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference, the common theme in their responses was the superb continuing medical education in addiction medicine. Read More
  • Join the Fight Against Medicaid Buprenorphine LimitationsDoes your state Medicaid program limit the use of buprenorphine and other opiate agonists in addiction treatment? If it doesn't, it soon will—unless addiction medicine specialists lead the battle to maintain the availability of medical treatment. Read More
  • Session Examines Drug Interactions in Personalized MedicineJag Khalsa, Ph.D., M.S., likens the possibility of genetic testing playing a role in treatment of patients to the arrival of Star Trek. Read More
  • Voice Opinions on ASAM Patient Placement CriteriaMore than a decade has passed since the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria were revised, and the time has come for an update, particularly to incorporate more strength-based and recovery-oriented terminology, says ASAM Criteria Editor David Mee-Lee, M.D. He will join David Gastfriend, M.D., a Newton, Mass., addiction psychiatrist and developer of the ASAM Criteria Software, in convening Component Session 9 "Town Meeting on the ASAM Criteria Revision (PPC)" from 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, in Grand Salon East, Salon B, to discuss the criteria and obtain feedback. Read More
  • CDC Declares Prescription Drug Abuse an “Epidemic”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Deputy Director Ileana Arias, Ph.D., will present the keynote lecture during the Policy Plenary, "Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse: Role of the Physician in Counteracting Diversion, Misuse & Addiction" from 8 to 9:30 a.m., today, in the Grand Ballroom East, Ballroom AB. Leading addiction medicine experts also will serve as panelists for the Policy Plenary, providing their insights and knowledge on prescription drug abuse. Read More
  • Tailoring 12-Step Program to Teens, Young Adults EffectiveCommunicating with teens and young adults can often be a challenge, but adding substance use disorders to the equation can make the task particularly complex. Hear recommendations for effective approaches to treating this patient population during Workshop 3, "Making 12-Step Programs Meaningful for Adolescents and Young Adults," from 10 a.m. to noon, today, in Grand Salon East, Salon B. Read More
  • Sessions to Report Progress in ABAM’s MOC ProcessFor the addiction medicine specialty to achieve its goals, its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) procedures must be as well established as any in medicine, says American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) President Jeffrey Samet, M.D., M.P.H. Read More
  • ASAM Board of Directors Addresses Society BusinessThe ASAM Board of Directors convened during the Medical-Scientific Conference to conduct business on a variety of issues from new strategic directions for the organization to discussing resolutions to present to the American Medical Association's House of Delegates in June. Read More
  • PIPMAG Designs Evidence-Based Future of Addiction MedicineTo improve continuously, a specialty must set a baseline from which to measure any advances. The Practice Improvement and Performance Measurement Action Group (PIPMAG) is working to establish that starting point for addiction medicine practice. Learn the latest progress with this endeavor by attending Component Session 7, "Performance Measures and Addiction Medicine" from 8 to 10 a.m., Sunday, in Grand Salon East, Salon B. Read More
  • Opioid Practice Management Comes to e-Live LearningTwo ASAM members are bringing their expertise in the billing and coding functions of opioid practice management to ASAM's e-Live Learning Center. The session, "Opioid Dependence Practice Management," will cover both an overview of opioid dependence and tips for health insurance reimbursement through proper billing and coding. Read More
  • ASAM Confers Fellow Status for Demonstrated AchievementEarning the designation of an ASAM Fellow demonstrates notable accomplishment. An honor granted only every other year, the FASAM title is bestowed on those ASAM members who have provided significant contributions in three different areas related to addiction medicine, says Paul H. Earley, M.D., FASAM, of Earley Consultancy, Atlanta. Read More
  • e-Live Learning Center Features Leading Addiction Medicine ContentThe ASAM e-Live Learning Center was introduced last year and continues to accommodate the busy lives of members by giving another opportunity for earning continuing medical education (CME) credit and obtaining valuable addiction medicine information. Read More
  • ASAM Helps State Chapters by Hosting Web PagesState chapters may rely on a new resource to inform and educate their members—a web page for state chapters hosted by ASAM. Thanks to the redesign of the ASAM website, these state chapter web pages offer the opportunity to deliver helpful chapter and member information, from event listings to news of hot topics and trends related to their states and the practice of addiction medicine. Read More
  • Software Helps Improve Treatment SelectionThe ASAM Criteria Software, based on the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria-2nd Edition Revised (PPC-2R), assists addiction counselors in assessing patients in a consistent and comprehensive manner, producing a level of care recommended by the PPC that until now only existed on paper, says David Gastfriend, M.D., a Newton, Mass., addiction psychiatrist who led the software's development. Read More
  • Member Profile: Educating Non-Addiction SpecialistsASAM membership has served as a springboard for Norman W. Wetterau, M.D., FAAFP, FASAM, to inform and educate other specialists about the value of the addiction medicine specialty. He currently serves as a specialist in addiction medicine, Tricounty Family Medicine, Dansville, N.Y., and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, N.Y. Read More
  • Member Profile: ASAM Opens Heart, Mind, PracticeInvolvement in ASAM for Jason Powers, M.D., has opened his "heart and mind to different ways of treating patients." Read More
  • Member Profile: Driving Force Behind Chapter ComebackFour-year ASAM member Xiulu Ruan, M.D., has served as the motivating force in bringing back the Alabama Society of Addiction Medicine to full activity and service. Read More
  • Exhibit NewsStop By the ASAM Booth (No. 9) to check out ASAM-branded merchandise for purchase, update your member profile, learn how to enter your CME credit hours online, see additional courses available for purchase and CME credit through our e-Live Learning Center, register for the Review Course in September, and enter in a raffle to win an Amazon Kindle preloaded with Principles of Addiction Medicine. Read More

Friday

  • Med-Sci Conference Takes on the Hot Topics in Addiction MedicineThe 43rd ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference will tackle the most pressing addiction medicine issues from prescription drug abuse to synthetic cannabinoids in continuing medical education sessions today through Sunday. Medical-Scientific Program Committee Chair Gavin Bart, M.D., FACP, FASAM, also says key sessions will address the maintenance of certification process through the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the development and accredita­tion of addiction medicine residencies. Read More
  • Dr. Gitlow Highlights ASAM Progress Since Last Year’s Med-Sci ConferenceASAM Acting President Stuart Gitlow, M.D., welcomes you to Atlanta and takes this occasion of the Medical-Scientific Conference as an opportunity to highlight major accomplishments of the society during the past year, to address challenges to addiction medicine, and to discuss a future of great potential. Read More
  • ASAM Debuts Patient Placement Criteria ProductsASAM's recent success in advancing the use and understanding of its Patient Placement Criteria through a new strategic partnership benefits addiction professionals and clinicians alike. In fact, when ASAM and The Change Companies partnered last fall, ASAM made huge strides in expanding access to and improving the quality of addiction treatment by introducing a host of new assessment tools and treatment guides. Read More
  • Chapter President Offers Warm Georgia GreetingGeorgia Society of Addiction Medicine (GSAM) President Daniel (Ray) Gaskin Jr., M.D., extends a warm welcome to addition medicine specialists who are converging on his home state for the 43rd ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference. Read More
  • Pain & Addiction Course: Common Threads XIII Set its Focus on Physician Opioid Addiction, Rx Drug AbuseWhen leaders planned Thursday's day-long Pain & Addiction Course: Common Threads XIII — Healing the Healer, they ensured that presentations addressed the latest research on treatment strategies for physicians with opioid addiction and the profession's response to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. The course succeeded on both fronts in featuring leaders in these fields presenting the latest advances and insights on these important issues. Read More
  • Ruth Fox Course Planned to Offer Latest Research Findings on Effects of Addiction in WomenIn planning a useful and thought-provoking 2012 Ruth Fox Course for Physicians, course directors sought to focus on how women are uniquely affected by addictive diseases and invited women to be course speakers, with one exception. The result was a symposium with the theme "Improving the Health of Women" that brought new research and insights to the forefront. Read More
  • State and Regional Chapters Want Your Energy and InvolvementSeveral ASAM state and regional chapters reactivated in 2011 with new leaders ready to start working on local issues affecting addiction medicine and treatment. Some of the new or reactivated chapters include the Northern New England chapter (comprising Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont), the Kentucky chapter, and the Texas chapter. Others, including Alabama, Nevada, and the Midwest chapter (comprising Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) are working towards reactivation. Read More
  • ASAM Welcomes NAADAC to 2012 Med-Sci ConferenceAddiction medicine specialists will spot a familiar presence in the 2012 Medical-Scientific Conference Exhibit Hall with NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. The association will showcase its education and training tools and provide attendees with information about the organization's mission and objectives. Read More
  • Substance Use in Women Raises Reproductive Health RisksPregnancy and substance use clearly do not mix, and the Workshop "Women and Substance Use: Emerging Research and Clinical Topics," shines the spotlight on this issue from 3 to 5 p.m. today in Rooms 204-205. Read More
  • ABAM: Residencies Key to Establishing Addiction SpecialtyTo become a recognized, certified specialty similar to addiction psychiatry, addiction medicine must receive approval by both the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Meeting those standards has been no easy task, but the specialty is well on its way. Read More
  • NIDA Blending Conference Joins ASAM ConferenceThe National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) brought its annual Blending Initiative Knowledge Exchange Meeting Thursday directly to ASAM attendees for the first time. Leading addiction medicine specialists focused on four key areas with a new hands-on workshop style. Read More
  • Attend Your State’s Chapter MeetingMake plans to attend a state chapter meeting during the Annual Medical-Scientific Conference. All meetings will be in Room 201 unless otherwise noted. Read More
  • Georgia Researcher Receives Program Committee AwardResearcher J. Aaron Johnson, Ph.D., landed the 2012 Medical-Scientific Program Committee Award for his study comparing the Drinkers Pyramid to rates of unhealthy alcohol use, including abuse and dependence, in emergency departments and urgent care settings. Read More
  • SUNY Researcher Wins Young Investigator AwardAnne Neumann, Ph.D., M.A., earned the ASAM 2012 Young Investigator Award for research exploring medication-assisted treatments for patients suffering from chronic, non-malignant pain and addiction to prescription opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. Dr. Neumann, researcher at the State University of New York (SUNY) Primary Care Research Institute, Buffalo, will receive the award during ASAM's 2012 Awards Luncheon from noon to 2:15 p.m. Saturday in Grand Ballroom East, Ballroom AB. Read More
  • ASAM to Honor Outstanding Recipients at Awards LuncheonASAM will confer its most prestigious awards to deserving recipients during the Awards Luncheon from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Ballroom East, Ballroom AB. Tickets are required for attendance and may be purchased at the registration desk until 10 a.m. on Saturday. Read More
  • ASAM Introduces the Interactive Exam Preparation (IEP)ASAM adds its new Interactive Exam Preparation (IEP) to the list of options to prepare for American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) certification. This new resource, developed in partnership with Enforme Interactive, Inc., offers targeted literature, sample test questions, overview lectures, and more to better prepare for the 2012 certification exam. Read More
  • Web-based SBIRT Curriculum Trains Primary Care PhysiciansTo bring more primary care physicians up to speed in addiction medicine, ASAM recently introduced a new online education curriculum in partnership with Clinical Tools, Inc., on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). The curriculum is located at SBIRTTraining.com. Read More
  • Study Focuses on Substance Abuse Among Health Care ProfessionalsSubstance-related impairment among health care professionals comes with significant consequences for patient safety, so appropriate recognition and intervention for substance abuse is essential within this group. Lisa Merlo, Ph.D., M.P.E., Chief of the Division of Undergraduate Education, and Director of Psychotherapy Training, Psychiatry Residency Program, the University of Florida, Gainesville, will present her findings on this subject in Poster 16, "Quality of Life Among Healthcare Professionals in Recovery," from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today in the Galleria Exhibit Hall. Read More
  • ASAM News BriefsThe following exhibitors are having drawings during the Med-Sci Conference: Read More
  • Question of the Day: What Do you Like Most About the Med-Sci Conference?"Med-Sci's scientific/clinical presentations are great, but what I like most about the meeting is the opportunity to network with other physicians in addiction medicine. Med-Sci has allowed me to develop connections with addiction docs worldwide. We may only meet face-to-face once a year, but we always have each other's backs." Read More
  • Atlanta Serves Up Some of the Finest Fare in the CountryWhere are the good restaurants in Atlanta? This inquiry was put to the Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine, and what resulted were recommendations from your Atlanta colleagues for a dozen fine eating establishments within walking distance or a reasonable cab ride. Call ahead for hours of operation, and visit the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau's website for special discounts: Read More