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.
More than 100,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses from May 2020 to April 2021 — an increase of 28.5% from the same period a year earlier, according to new government data. The deaths are a new record high, HealthDay reports.
Experiencing adversity in childhood — such as growing up in a household where there was substance use, violence or mental illness — is linked with an increased risk of poor mental and physical health later in life, a new study concludes.
The $1 trillion infrastructure package expected to be signed soon by President Biden includes a provision requiring automakers to include new technology to prevent drunk driving, the Associated Press reports.
The number of people with alcoholic hepatitis who received a liver transplant or were put on a waiting list rose more than 50% over predicted numbers during the pandemic, a new study finds. Researchers say the increase was associated with higher alcohol sales.
A new survey of U.S. dentists finds 43% say they regularly prescribe opioid medications, even though 84% say combinations of non-opioid pain relievers are as effective as opioids, or even more so, HealthDay reports.
The demand for mental health treatment soared during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, creating what the American Psychological Association is calling a “mental health tsunami,” HealthDay reports.
During the pandemic, many addiction treatment providers switched from in-person treatment to telehealth care. Researchers reviewing studies comparing these two approaches say the potential benefits of telehealth are still unclear, HealthDay reports.