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Dear Colleagues:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls addiction our nation’s number one disease.  While addiction affects 1 in 6 Americans, many doctors admit knowing little about the subject.  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine, together with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine, are pleased to present a 2-day conference on addiction medicine.  The first three-hour conference (8:30 -12 Noon 8/29/13) is an ASAM-sponsored risk evaluation mitigation strategy conference about opiate prescribing.  Titled ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care, this session is designed in association with the FDA and ASAM at no charge (Free CME!) thanks to a grant.

The remaining day and a half (12 Noon – 4:45 pm 8/29/13 and 8:30 am – 4:45 pm 8/30/13) is sponsored by TnSAM and accredited by the UT College of Medicine (for doctors) and TAADAS (for counselors). The conference provides important information on addiction topics, with an outstanding array of topics and speakers:

12:00-1:00 PM  Hooked But Not Hopeless – Sherry Hoppe, Ed.D and Sylvia Yates

1:15-2:15 PM  Tennessee Department of Health and TMA Response to Tennessee’s Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic – Mitch Mutter, M.D.

2:30-3:30 PM  Dual Diagnoses: Management of co-occurring disorders in Addicted Patients – Terry Holmes, M.D.

3:30-4:30 PM  Opiate Dependency in Pregnancy – Tom Cable, M.D.

8:30-9:30 AM Addiction Medicine Talking Points – John Standridge, M.D.

9:30-10:30 AM  Evidenced-Based Behavioral Treatments for Addiction – James Finch, M.D.

10:45-11:45 AM  The Neurobiology of Reward and Addiction – John Standridge, M.D.

11:45 AM-12:45 PM  Lunch and Learn with Faculty

1:00-4:15 PM  Counseling Skills Workshop: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness – James Finch, M.D. and Jane Finch, L.C.S.W.

The conference will be held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on August 29 and 30, 2013.  More information is available at  Please make every effort to attend.

TnSAM has negotiated lower rates at 2 great hotels, August 28th and 29th, in Chattanooga, TN.

We have arranged a negotiated rate with Chattanooga Choo-Choo at $99.00 per night. You will need to mention Personal Medicine, through whom we negotiated the rate. The hotel is associated with the historic train station. Just register through the registration desk. 1-800- 872-2529.

We have also arranged a negotiated rate with DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chattanooga Downtown, at $119.00 per night. You will need to mention the UT College of Medicine through whom we negotiated the rate.  The contact person is Sandy Witzel, if there is any question; otherwise, just register through the registration desk. 1-423-756-5150.

For baseball fans the Chattanooga Lookouts have home games, the last series of the season, hosting the Tennessee Smokies at AT&T Field August 29th and 30th at 7:15. For those who enjoy college football, UT-Chattanooga plays UT-Martin in Finley Stadium in their season opener Thursday, August 29th at 7 p.m. Musical entertainment options August 30th  include Corey Smith (one of country music’s hottest new artists) at Track 29; the Channing Wilson Band at Rhythm & Brews; Screaming Orphans (a pop-rock band with four fun, high-spirited, musically-obsessed sisters from Ireland) with Chattanooga’s own Rigoletto, at Nightfall in Miller Plaza (free concerts); and Scenic City Soul Revue at the Foundry.  Something for everybody!

John Standridge, MD, FAAFP, FASAM

President, Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine

Clinical Professor,  University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga