Misperceptions about opioid dependence, including how to screen for and treat the disorder, continue to persist for the public and for many clinicians. Almost half of the adult public and a third of primary care physicians surveyed said they believe that opioid dependence “is more of a psychological problem,” such as a lifestyle choice, than a chronic physical illness. In addition, 35% of the clinicians admitted that they do not know much about opioid dependence; 66% said they feel that a low level of education is a likely cause of the disorder; and 57% said that low income was a likely cause. Read the article.
Dr. John Standridge had the opportunity June 21, 2013, to speak with Senator Bob Corker’s staff via a conference call. Among the participants was Jenifer Healy, Senator Corker’s DC staff member for medical issues. The following are the topics discussed, with a focus on neonatal abstinence syndrome babies. This outline of bulleted topics and talking points was also emailed to Senator Corker’s staff as a review and to facilitate presenting the topics to the senator. We hope to have far more encounters with key legislators in the future as TnSAM gains recognition as the voice for addiction medicine in Tennessee. Continue reading
On May 2, Governor O’Malley signed into law two pieces of legislation that will better enable the Maryland Insurance Administration to fully enforce the federal parity law and better allow consumers to exercise their rights. Continue reading
The TnSAM Constitution and Bylaws, 2013 edition, is available here — TnSAM Constitution and ByLaws 2013 edition — for your inspection. Please address comments to the President of TnSAM or a member of the Bylaws committee.
The Institute for Research, Education, & Training in Addictions is currently seeking researchers, practitioners, and others to provide feedback on their latest draft(s) of policy regarding Buprenorphine and Benzodiazepine use in combination.
Elections for new officers occurred as part of the scheduled Tennessee chapter meeting during the annual ASAM Med-Sci conference held in Chicago. Dr. John Standridge, President of TNSAM for the 2013-2014 term, presided. Continue reading
Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, released the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, the Obama Administration’s primary blueprint for drug policy in the United States. ASAM issued a press release supporting the science-based reform policies of the plan. The policy contains over 100 specific actions to reduce drug use and its consequences and expand prevention, treatment, and alternatives to incarceration.