Rockville, MD (October 28, 2021) —The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose (CSOO) welcomes the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) as the coalition’s newest member. Originally founded in 1984 as the Northeast Regional Methadone Treatment Coalition, AATOD evolved to become one of the leading organizations within the addiction policy landscape. AATOD has consulted extensively with federal and state agencies in the development of policy guidelines for opioid use disorder treatment. Specifically, AATOD has worked closely with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration over the years to shape its guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). More recently, AATOD has concentrated on expanding Medicaid reimbursement for opioid treatment services to OTPs in all 50 states. AATOD has been a consistent advocate for the expansion of evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder.
“We are excited to welcome AATOD as the newest member of the coalition,” said Dr. Shawn Ryan, Chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Legislative Advocacy Committee. “AATOD is a highly respected organization in our field. AATOD brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enrich CSOO’s member discussions and ability to accomplish desired public policy goals.”
About the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose
The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose is a coalition of local, regional and national groups that are committed to advancing meaningful legislative and regulatory policies in response to the opioid overdose epidemic. The Coalition seeks to address the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic by engaging policy makers, public health leaders, chronic pain and addiction specialists, individuals in and seeking recovery and family members, so that legislation and policies get the support and funding needed.