San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 02, 2014
The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) has selected California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) to receive the Society’s Community Service Award in recognition of his lifetime achievement as an advocate for improving access to healthcare services.
The award will be presented at the Anaheim Marriott at 8 p.m. during a reception on Thursday, September 4, at the CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course, a gathering of over 700 physicians who specialize in the treatment of substance use disorders.
Prior to his election to the California State Assembly, Ammiano served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the School Board. One of his accomplishments on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was the creation of the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance that made San Francisco the first city in the nation to provide universal healthcare access. He was also the main architect of the city’s Domestic Partners Ordinance, which provides equal benefits to employees and their unmarried domestic partners.
As a member of the California State Assembly, Ammiano gained passage of legislation that called for life-saving suicide barriers for bridges across California. This legislation paved the way to the safety net funding that was recently approved for the Golden Gate Bridge. He authored the “911 Good Samaritan Law” which provides protection from liability for those who witness an overdose and call for help, and he successfully passed legislation that expands access to naloxone, an easy-to-administer injectable drug that can be used to reverse overdoses.
“CSAM is honored to present this year’s Community Service Award to a man who has dedicated his career to public service. Assemblymember Ammiano’s efforts have greatly improved the lives of families and patients suffering from the disease of addiction,” said CSAM president Itai Danovitch, MD.
Other members of the California State Legislature who have received the award include: Jim Beall (2009), Wesley Chesbro (2006), John Burton (2002), and Lloyd Connelly (1989).
About CSAM: The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is a professional society representing physicians dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions. CSAM is a state chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).