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ASAM Makes Naloxone Recommendations to FDA

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Dr. Carol Lynn Childers serves as a consulting psychiatrist at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare in Chicago. Alongside her work, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers maintains membership in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

In December 2018, ASAM contacted the Food and Drug Administration with its input on committee meetings of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, specifically on issues related to naloxone availability. In its comments, the organization leaned upon many pillars of its official position statement, issued in 2016, which tout naloxone as a safe, effective intervention for opioid-related overdoses.

Suggestions ASAM put forward to the committees include prescribing naloxone if doctors feel a situation exists that exhibits risk factors associated with overdosing. ASAM also felt doctors should educate patients about the dangers of overdosing and how to correctly use naloxone in the event of an overdose. In addition, ASAM called for an over-the-counter solution for individuals who live in rural communities or other areas in which obtaining a prescription for the medication might be prohibitive.

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Learning Objectives of the ASAM Annual Conference

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A diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers provides psychiatry services for Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare and Healthcare Alternative Systems in Chicago. Dr. Carol Lynn Childers is also a member of the Illinois Psychiatric Society and holds board certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Founded in 1954, ASAM promotes for the interests of more than 5,000 addiction medicine professionals. The organization engages in work that ranges from advocacy efforts to educational initiatives and events.

For the past 49 years, the society has hosted an annual conference that highlights best practices and innovations in the field of addiction medicine. The conference strives to provide a platform for addiction medicine professionals to identify new innovations that impact their field. The event also seeks to identify gaps in best practice guidelines and develop new treatment applications based on cutting-edge research. Moreover, attendees of the event foster an extensive professional network and are made aware of policy changes that affect the field.

The 2018 ASAM State of the Art Course in Addiction Medicine

 

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A consulting psychiatrist for the Jennifer Mudd Houghtaling Postpartum Depression Foundation, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers also serves patients with mental illness and addictive disorders through Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare and Healthcare Alternative Systems in the Chicago area. Dr. Carol Lynn Childers is board certified with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Since its establishment in 1954, ASAM has become a leading force in the field of addiction medicine. With more than 5,000 members, the society seeks to enhance the quality of available treatments, and support professionals serving those with addictive disorders.

As part of its mission, ASAM hosts numerous annual educational events to encourage further learning. Upcoming opportunities include the State of the Art Course in Addiction Medicine to be held in Washington, DC, on October 11-13, 2018.

The ASAM State of the Art Course in Addiction Medicine will feature breakthrough presentations on scientific research in the field of addiction medicine and specific topic sessions for advanced clinical knowledge taught by recognized experts from across the nation. Topics range from diagnosis and treatment to prevention, and include an interactive approach.