addiction-medicineIn the United States, the need for doctors trained in the field of addiction medicine is great. Much of the prescription drug epidemic can be owed to ill equipped doctors over prescribing highly addictive medications. This week, the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) announced that its most recent exam for addiction medicine certification was passed by 651 doctors, Newswise reports. There are now a total of 3,363 physicians certified in addiction medicine.

The ABAM Foundation’s goal is to establish and accredit addiction medicine training programs and support the mission of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

“The addiction medicine field is growing by leaps and bounds, and we are gratified to see that so many physicians have chosen to become ABAM certified in order to better prevent and treat the nation’s number one public health problem,” Patrick G. O’Connor, MD, MPH, FACP, President of ABAM and The ABAM Foundation, said in a news release. “At the same time, we are happy to welcome the new fellowship programs, which will train North America’s future addiction medicine leaders. With so many physicians passing our rigorous examination, and so many completing this comprehensive clinical training, we are helping make evidence-based addiction prevention and treatment more readily available to those who need it.”

The ABAM Foundation added four new fellowship programs to train addiction medicine physicians, according to the article. With the recent addition, there are now 56 addiction medicine fellowship slots available each year, at 27 accredited addiction medicine training programs. ABAM would like to accredit 65 addiction medicine fellowship programs by 2020.

The new fellowship programs are the:

  • University of Kentucky Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program in Lexington
  • Caron-Reading Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program in Wernersville, Pennsylvania
  • Oregon Health & Science University Addiction Medicine Fellowship in Portland
  • Rhode Island Hospital Addiction Medicine Fellowship in Providence