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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ADDICTION MEDICINE'S MEDICAL REVIEW TRAINING COURSE

 WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The problems with fitness for duty testing in programs designed for prevention of illicit drug use will be addressed at an advanced course for medical review officers (MROs) offered by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), June 18-20, in New Orleans. The three-day conference will be held at the Hotel Inter-Continental and will focus on scientific updates, government policy, and practical tips for the MRO.
 A one half day pre-conference seminar will address the basics of being an MRO, Forensic Urine Collection, the NIDA Certified Laboratory and the MRO Process.
 The course director is Donald Ian Macdonald, M.D., former director of the White House Drug Abuse Office and chair of ASAM's MRO Committee. Macdonald designed the course to be "a much needed training seminar to present the art and science of a growing and changing area of medical practice."
 The main seminar is designed for MROs who have taken the introductory course or have had previous training in the basics of medical review. Topics will include the interpretation of positive opiate tests, split sample testing, alcohol testing, passive inhalation of cocaine and marijuana, the basics of understanding addiction and relapse and their relevance to the workplace.
 Joseph A. Autry, M.D., director, Office of Workplace Initiatives, NIDA, and Donna Smith, Ph.D., Drug Enforcement Compliance Office, DOT, are among the faculty who will discuss the national story of drug testing and the new and upcoming federal requirements. Other nationally known experts such as Alan B. Jones, Ph.D., Robert Willette, Ph.D., David E. Smith, M.D., and H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., are among the faculty who bring to their presentations broad experience in this field.
 Additional information and registration material can be obtained by contacting ASAM, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Suite 409, Washington, D.C. 20015, 202-244-8948 (phone) or 202-537-7252 (fax).
 ASAM is national medical specialty society of more than 3,500 physicians who are involved in the treatment of alcoholism and other drug dependencies.
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 /CONTACT: Dr. James F. Callahan of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 202-244-8948/


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