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 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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 10% of patients who receive a pacemaker or other implantable cardiac device and fill an opioid prescription after surgery consistently take the medication for months afterwards, a new study finds. This raises the potential for addiction, researchers report in the journal Circulation.