ASAM Testifies to House Subcommittee on the Use of Medication in Addiction Treatment

ASAM (12/13) – On October 20, Dr. Corey Waller, Chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) the Legislative Advocacy Committee, testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in a hearing on “Examining the Legislative Proposals to Combat Our Nation’s Drug Abuse Crisis.”…Dr. Waller’s testimony emphasized three main facts: addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations; addiction involving opioid use can be successfully treated with a combination of medications and psychosocial interventions; there are significant barriers to access these effective medications, resulting in a significant addiction treatment gap in our country. Read more

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