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The American Society of Addiction Medicine recently unveiled its national public policy statement on addiction disorder prevention. The addiction medicine leaders’ statement consists of recommended evidence-based approaches to preventing addiction disorder, each of which was approved by the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Some of ASAM’s key recommendations—which are mainly designed to assist public health stakeholders—include the following:

  • Policymakers should appropriately fund prevention science research to better understand the programs and policies that effectively prevent substance use initiation and the development of unhealthy use or addiction disorder.
  • Health care provider organizations should be offered and participate in training on—and subsequently use—evidence-informed interventions to prevent the unhealthy use of alcohol, nicotine, and other substances
  • Schools, families, and communities should use evidence-informed programs to identify youth at risk of using or misusing substances, and use evidence-based interventions to encourage the nurturing of children’s physical, cognitive, and emotional development
  • Health insurers should cover early detection of an intervention for substance use/addiction disorder without burdensome utilization management techniques

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 6,000 clinical professionals and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction disorder treatment, educating clinical professionals and the public, supporting research and prevention,and promoting the appropriate role of clinical professionals in the care of individuals with addiction disorder.

This was reported by American Society of Addiction Medicine on December 6, 2018.

Contact Information: American Society of Addiction Medicine, 11400 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; (301) 656-3920; Website:

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