ASAM Strategic Plan: People Get Better Than Well

Yesterday, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) revealed their strategic plan for 2018-21 in which they strengthen their focus on the full spectrum of addiction care: prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery. The inclusion of recovery as the ultimate potential within the addiction spectrum, distinct from remission, affirms what many of us have known for decades: recovery…

Attorney General Stein Recommends Resources for People Struggling With Addiction During the Holidays

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 22, 2017   Attorney General Stein Recommends Resources for People Struggling With Addiction During the Holidays (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today encouraged North Carolinians to remember that resources are available to anyone who may be struggling with addiction this holiday season. “It’s a sad reality that for many people,…

Public Health Emergency: What now?

  Advocacy Win Although we celebrated victory after the White House public health emergency declaration, festivities were short-lived. The rift among advocates began immediately on social media, driven by pathos and politics. Many focused on the President’s off-script remarks about prevention, which were strikingly similar to the failed 80’s “just say no” campaign. Others pointed…

APNC Statement on the White House Public Health Emergency Declaration

We are grateful that the White House recognizes that we are in the grip of a public health crisis of epidemic proportions. The President’s decision to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency yesterday may help bring crucial resources to communities, improve access to services, and facilitate more efficient coordination among government agencies. We…

Summary of the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act

(House Bill 243/Senate Bill 175) http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/House/PDF/H243v6.pdf “Targeted controlled substances” under the Act = Schedule II and Schedule III Opioids Targeted controlled substances are those listed in G.S. 90-90(1) & (2) and G.S. 90-91(d) Provisions for Prescribers • Limits first-time prescriptions of targeted controlled substances for acute pain to ?5 days – Exception: prescriptions following a…

Support the Amend Substance Abuse Professional Practices Act (HB615)

Legislation was recently introduced to make several positive changes to the Substance Abuse Professional Practices Act. The bill, House Bill 615, was sought by the NCSAPPB members and accomplishes the following things: Keeps substance abuse counseling credentials uniform across state lines. Standards were raised two years ago and North Carolina must change statute to keep…