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ASAM updates scientific guide to addiction medicine

June 26, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has introduced the fifth edition of its reference The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, a guide to the science of addiction and its treatment.

ASAM president Stuart Gitlow, MD, said in a news release that updates incorporated into this edition include a timely section on the interplay between the rise in prescription drug addiction and the increase in heroin-related deaths, as well as a section on addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) risk for members of the military.

“Addictive disease, one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in our society, is finally becoming fully integrated with mainstream medicine,” said Gitlow. “The ASAM Principles echoes this concept by providing the scientific basis for the disease and teaching clinicians an evidence-informed model to utilize in their practice of addiction medicine.”

Published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, the guide is available as a print edition bundled with an eBook that allows for downloading to tablets and smartphones.