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Oct 22: Howard University Addiction Medicine Fellowship “Grand Rounds”

Howard University Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program “Grand Rounds”

Date: October 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

The Howard University Addiction Medicine Fellowship program will be hosting a live “Grand Rounds” with program faculty. The panel discussion will share information about the need for Addiction Medicine Fellowship Programs and expanding access to care of patients with addiction, the multidisciplinary approach and structure of the program, and why the faculty members choose to focus on treating addiction in their careers.

The conversation will be moderated by Stephen M. Taylor, MD, MPH, FASAM and led by Louis Baxter, Sr, MD, DFASAM, Co-Founding Director of the program.

Experts:

  • Louis Baxter, MD, DFASAM, DABAM. American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)
  • Denise Scott, PhD
  • Mark Schottenfeld, MD. American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Mark Johnson, MD. American Board of Family Medicine.
  • Walter Bland, MD. Board Certified Psychiatrist
  • Oladunni Filani, MD. Board Certified Family Physician

Oct 22: Spotlight on Addiction Medicine Fellowship Programs

Spotlight on Addiction Medicine Fellowship Programs

Date: Friday, October 22

Time: All day

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Programs will be invited to share information about their respective programs on the @TreatmentWeek channel and highlight a video of a current fellow sharing why they choose to treat addiction or medical students should consider an addiction medicine fellowship program.

 

Oct 21: Film Documentary Post Screening Discussion

Black Men in White Coats: A Call to Action (Film Documentary Post Screening Discussion)

Date: October 21

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States and fewer Black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978. Only 2% of doctors in the US are Black men.

Black Men in White Coats is an 80-minute documentary that inspires to increase the number of Black men in the field of medicine. We invite you to watch this documentary and then join us for a post-screening discussion about increasing diversity in medicine. Stephen M. Taylor, MD, MPH, FASAM will lead a live virtual Zoom discussion with other Black physicians who have chosen to treat addiction.

The discussion will explore their perspectives on issues highlighted in the documentary, their personal experiences becoming a physician, and offer opportunities for the panelists to answer questions from the audience.

Experts:

  • Stephen Taylor, MD, MPH, FASAM
  • Daniel Ageze, MD
  • Somto Obi, MD

Oct 21: Twitter Chat – Revealing the Truths About AUD

Twitter Chat: Revealing the truths about alcohol and ways to prevent Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Date: Thursday, October 21

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Join ASAM and NIAAA in a Twitter chat about the latest science about the impact of alcohol use and practical tips for preventing and treating AUD.
Experts:
NIAAA expert Dr. Aaron White and ASAM expert Dr. Lewis Nelson.
Co-Hosted by NIAAA & ASAM

October 20: Twitter Day – End Stigma Surrounding Addiction & Treatment

Ending Stigma Surrounding Addiction & Treatment

Date: Wednesday, October 20

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm ET

Stigma contributes in multiple ways to poorer health outcomes. All-day NIDAMED and NIAAA will be posting on social media about the importance of and tips for ending stigma when treating patients with addiction. Starting at 11 am ET.
Join the discussion and use hashtags #TreatAddictionSaveLives and #EndStigma
Partners: NIAAA/NIDAMED

October 19: Addressing Smoking During Addiction Treatment

Enhancing Recovery By Addressing Smoking During Addiction Treatment

Date: October 19, 1:00 pm

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Join ASAM and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF for the live webinar that offers insight into the importance of addressing smoking during addiction treatment, and practical ways to treat addiction involving tobacco.

We are honored to have Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM, President-Elect, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Medical Director, LA County Department of Public Health’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, and Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor of Addiction Medicine at UCLA, presenting on this important and timely topic.

Webinar Objectives: 

  1. Recognize two disparities in the prevalence of tobacco use disorder experienced by people with other addictions as compared with the general population.
  2. Explain one-way recovery from tobacco use disorder enhances recovery from other addictions.
  3. Identify and implement three best practices for treating tobacco use disorder in addiction treatment settings.
  4. Explain how one tobacco-free campus policy can improve clinical outcomes and improve the health of individuals in addiction treatment settings.
One hour of FREE credit can be earned, for participants who join the LIVE session, on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. You will receive instructions on how to claim credit via the post-webinar email.

October 18: Documentary Screening: Black Men in White Coats

Screening for Black Men in White Coats

Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States and fewer Black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978. Only 2% of doctors in the U.S. are Black men.

As part of the AMA’s equity plan to increase diversity, inclusion, and equity in medical education, which includes supporting more Black males to become physicians, the AMA is sponsoring 100 virtual screenings of Black Men in White Coats, an 80-minute documentary that inspires to increase the number of Black men in the field of medicine.

The documentary highlights the lack of Black men in medicine and encourages communities to support high school and college-age Black males in becoming physicians.

During National Addiction Treatment Week, we will be hosting a session with 300 available tickets to screen the documentary on-demand for 72 hrs.

After the third day, ASAM will host a live virtual panel discussion about the documentary with Q & A on Thursday, Oct. 21st

300 tickets available

October 18: Early Identification and Intervention of Addiction

Early Identification and Intervention of Addiction Through SBIRT

Date: Monday, October 18

Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM ET

Addiction is a chronic brain disease that needs to be managed as such. Like all other chronic diseases, addiction is preventable and treatable when a chronic disease model is utilized. An essential part of any chronic disease model must include prevention strategies. SBIRT is an early identification and early intervention tool that has been widely studied and proven to reduce the progression of addiction.

Join this training webinar by Dr. Joseph Garbely and, and stay tuned for the live chat on Zoom for Q&A.

Expert:

Joseph Garbely, DO, DFASM. American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Partner: ASAM Physicians in Training Committee

National Addiction Treatment Week Inspires Medical Professionals to Treat Addiction and Save Lives

(Rockville, MD) October 19, 2020 – Today marks the beginning of National Addiction Treatment Week, October 19-25, 2020. The week, started in 2017, raises awareness that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and recovery is possible. There is a critical gap between the number of patients who need addiction treatment and qualified medical professionals available to treat patients using evidence-based approaches. During this dedicated week, the partners and promotional supporters of National Addiction Treatment Week join its host, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), to encourage medical professionals to learn more about addiction and treatment.

To save lives, patients with addiction need increased access to treatment. Expanding the number of medical professionals who are qualified to treat addiction with evidence-based care is one important way to accomplish this goal. According to SAMHSA, in 2019, 7.8 percent of people aged 12 or older (or 21.6 million people) needed substance use treatment in the past year. Of these 21.6 million, 4.2 million received treatment in that time period, with only 2.6 million receiving it at a specialty treatment facility.¹

This year, the week’s focus will be on providing clinicians and providers who work in a variety of medical settings and specialties with essential tools and resources needed to treat the disease. Physicians, board-certified in addiction medicine, and clinicians who treat addiction daily will inspire other medical professionals to join them by learning more about evidence-based treatment.

Engaging events of the week include Twitter chats with experts from ASAM, NIAAA, and NIDAMED about emergency medicine management of severe alcohol withdrawal and treating adolescents with addiction, respectively, and free insightful webinars on motivational interviewing, different career path options in addiction medicine, and alcohol withdrawal management. Throughout the week, clinicians and providers who already treat addiction will be sharing their experiences on social media.  Participate in the week by following @TreatmentWeek on Twitter and using #treatmentweek in your posts. Together, we can help more people receive evidence-based treatment and improve patient outcomes.

Learn more by visiting TreatAddictionSaveLives.org.

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Media Contact:

Christine Merrifield

cmerrifield@ASAM.org

301.547-4140

 

¹ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP20-07-01-001, NSDUH Series H-55). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/

National Addiction Treatment Week Highlights the Critical Need for the Medical Community to Treat Addiction

(Rockville, MD) October 21, 2019 – Each year, National Addiction Treatment Week (NATW) raises awareness that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and recovery is possible.  This year, October 21-October 27, the week will highlight the critical need for clinicians to enter the field of addiction medicine. Clinicians trained in addiction are essential to fill the treatment gap between patients who need evidence-based addiction treatment and the insufficient number of clinicians qualified to treat addiction. Along with its supportive partners, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will be hosting the week with a dedicated twitter handle @TreatmentWeek and using #TreatmentWeek to build important conversations on social media.

More clinicians trained in addiction are needed to overcome the addiction epidemic overwhelming the United States today. In 2018, approximately 20.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) related to their use of alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year. 1 More people died from a drug overdose than from car accidents in 2017, 2,3 and nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.4 Only about 17% of those diagnosed with substance use disorder received the treatment they need.5 In 2018, an estimated 2 million Americans were addicted to opioids, yet only about 400,000 people received treatment at a specialty facility.6

“National Addiction Treatment Week amplifies the crucial message that when patients are treated appropriately by certified addiction medicine specialists, we can save lives and improve treatment outcomes.  The medical community must be at the forefront of communities proclaiming that addiction is a chronic brain disease, not a moral failure, and as such must be treated with evidence-based, research verified care.” said Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM, president of ASAM. “To overcome the health crisis, we need to expand the number of medical professionals who understand the complexities of the disease and are trained to treat addiction. Only then will we see real progress.”

We are proud to stand with our dedicated National Addiction Treatment Week partners: Advocates for Opioid Recovery, the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, Beyond Definition, MI Cares, National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Drug Abuse/NIDAMED (NIDA), and Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Join the engaging events of the week which include Twitter chats with ASAM and NIAAA on alcohol use disorder and NIDA experts on adolescents and addiction; a Facebook rebroadcast of a compelling conversation between David and Nic Sheff, from Beautiful Boy, and adolescent addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Marc Fishman; and inspiring social media posts from addiction medicine specialists throughout the week.  Together, we can help more people receive evidence-based treatment and improve patient outcomes.

Learn more by visiting TreatAddictionSaveLives.org.