The Latest News from Our Field

We curate a digest of the latest news in our field for advocates, policymakers, community coalitions and all who work toward shaping policies and practices to effectively prevent substance use and treat addiction.

A new study finds people with opioid use disorder who are incarcerated and receive the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine are less likely to be rearrested and reconvicted after they are released.
Snapchat announced a change this week to its friend recommendation feature to make it more difficult for people selling illicit substances to connect with minors under 17, NBC News reports.
People who vape and test positive for COVID-19 are more likely to have symptoms compared with people who test positive and don’t use e-cigarettes, a new study finds.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a study on providing buprenorphine in jail to help reduce recidivism.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association between the concurrent use of e-cigarettes and cannabis with COVID-19 symptoms, testing and diagnosis among college student e-cigarette users.
Opioid-related overdose deaths among U.S. adults 55 and older rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019, according to a new study.
New York City health officials are planning to install 10 “public health vending machines” around the city that will dispense the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, as well as sterile syringes.
A new study finds significant increases in the frequency and severity of emergency department visits due to marijuana exposures in children in Ontario, Canada, after the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including public health vending machines in New York City.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including adverse childhood experiences during the opioid crisis.
Overdose deaths reached almost one million in the United States from 1999 through 2020, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Doctors using a program to increase buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder were able to boost use of the medication sixfold, HealthDay reports.
Many flavored vaping products continue to be sold despite a federal judge’s ruling that should have led to them being pulled from the market, according to a report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a CDC report of nearly 92,000 overdose deaths in 2020.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association between e-cigarette use and academic performance.
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl increased sharply between 2019 and 2020, according to a new government report.
Substance use in teens declined significantly in 2021, according to the annual Monitoring the Future survey released Wednesday.
Harm reduction groups are calling on the Biden administration to make the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone available to them over-the-counter, NPR reports. Currently, naloxone is a prescription drug. These groups must meet a series of requirements to purchase naloxone from drug companies.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the limits of naloxone's prescription-only access.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the relationship between tobacco product use and medical opioid use in rural areas of the U.S.
A new U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory says the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the nation’s youth mental health crisis, and calls for a rapid response.
Marijuana use may interfere with sleep, a new study suggests.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Wednesday announced a $30 million harm reduction program to help address the nation’s substance use and overdose epidemic, Newsweek reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a Surgeon General advisory on youth mental health.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including text messaging as a means of tobacco risk communication.
1 2 3 338