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Covering Opioids and Alcohol Addiction 2021

With reports that alcohol and drug abuse have risen steeply during the pandemic – and that addiction treatment is as elusive as ever – the National Press Foundation and the American Society of Addiction Medicine are offering an opportunity for journalists to pause and take a deep dive into the science of addiction.

This training will cover the increase in alcohol and drug use during the pandemic; the latest on the opioids crisis; the latest research on treatment and telemedicine for addiction treatment; the role of marijuana and alcohol; trends in substance abuse; racial disparities in access to drug treatment; and more. With this grounding in hand, journalists will then cover the three-day American Society of Addiction Medicine Virtual Conference.

The NPF training is April 7, 12, 14, 16 and 19 and May 19 on Zoom. Sessions will be mid-day – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – to catch reporters in all time zones.

The ASAM Annual Conference runs from April 22-24.

The program is open to all U.S.-based journalists. Black, Indigenous and other journalists of color are encouraged to apply. Journalists do not need to be covering addiction issues now, but they should have an interest in doing so in future and an outlet for their work.

Contact Chris Adams (cadams@nationalpress.org) for details or apply here: https://npf.wufoo.com/forms/w13fewf00frsc27/

Applicants must commit to attend all sessions of the NPF training and the ASAM conference.

Support for this program comes from Arnold Ventures and it is hosted by ASAM. NPF retains sole responsibility for programming and content.

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