The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has assembled a variety of sessions of special interest to physicians, investigators, researchers and health care professionals that are members of the military or who work with military personnel or veterans. All of the sessions will take place at ASAM’s 44th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, April 25-28, 2013 in Chicago, IL.

Med-Sci 2013 Outreach to Military 

After a decade of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, active-duty personnel, veterans and their families continue to face high levels of stress.  Some have experienced long and multiple deployments, combat exposure, and physical injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).  A 2008 Department of Defense Health Behavior Survey reported increases in prescription drug abuse and heavy alcohol use.  Prescription drug abuse doubled between 2002 and 2005 and tripled between 2005 and 2008.  This dramatic increase has increased the burden on an already taxed treatment system. The need to properly diagnose and treat substance use disorders by both civilian and military health professionals
has become critical.

The following sessions are identified for professions working with military personnel:

Thursday, April 25

8:00 am-5:30 pm
2013 Ruth Fox Course for Physicians: Trauma & Addiction

8:00 am-5:30 pm
Pain & Addiction Course: Common Threads XIV-“When Opiates Fail”

Friday, April 26

8:30 am-10:00 am
Symmetry and Asymmetry in Addiction Medicine: The Balance Between You, Your Patient, and Your Setting

10:30 am-12:30 pm
Gender Differences in Substance Use and Treatment Preferences in the U.S. Military

10:30 am-12:30 pm
Combat Trauma and Addictions

12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Acute Pain Episode Outcomes in Patients Treated with Injectable Extended- Release Naltrexone (XR-NTX)
2:30 pm- 4:30 pm
Treatment of Military Personnel and Their Families Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Saturday, April 27

8:00 am- 9:30 am
US Drug Crisis-The Addiction Treatment Gap

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Pain Treatment in the Setting of the Prescription Opioid Epidemic 

2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Co-Occurring Addiction and Chronic Pain: Evidence Based Strategies for Recovery

4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Meeting the Needs of Veterans in the Community

Sunday, April 28

8:00 am-10:00 am
Substance Abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Chicken First or an Egg?