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.

25 Attorneys General Call Settlement with Family That Owns Opioid Maker “Unjust”

The attorneys general for 24 states and Washington D.C. say the proposed bankruptcy settlement involving the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is unjust, NPR reports.

ER Visits for Overdoses and Suicide Attempts Rose During Pandemic

Emergency room visits for drug overdoses and suicide attempts increased during the pandemic, while access to behavioral health treatment decreased, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Many Patients Over 50 Don’t Tell Their Doctors About Marijuana Use

Many patients over age 50 who use marijuana to relieve or treat health problems don’t discuss their substance use with their physician, according to a new study.

Policy News Roundup: May 6, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including calls for a coordinated effort to address the overdose crisis.

Research News Roundup: May 6, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the rise of the youth e-cigarette epidemic.

Featured News: Parents, Beware of New Sweet, Cheap Alcoholic Beverages

The news of yet another sweet, inexpensive alcoholic beverage hitting the market is a reminder to parents of teenagers that they can’t overlook alcohol when they warn them about substances that can cause harm.

New Guidelines Expand Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Medication Buprenorphine

New federal guidelines released this week will allow many more health care providers to prescribe the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine, the Associated Press reports.

Fewer Teens Used E-Cigarettes During Pandemic

Use of e-cigarettes decreased among teens in the first few months of the pandemic, according to an online survey.

Policy News Roundup: April 29, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including updated buprenorphine practice guidelines.

Research News Roundup: April 29, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including patterns of opioid use in youths and young adults following first-time opioid prescription.

Growing Research Suggests Americans Drinking More in Response to Pandemic

Growing evidence suggests Americans are drinking more in response to the pandemic, The New York Times reports. The increase in women’s drinking has been especially steep.

Per Person Costs from Opioid Use Disorder and Deaths Highest in West Virginia

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds West Virginia had the highest costs per person due to opioid use disorder and deaths in 2017.

Biden Administration Could Decrease Nicotine in Cigarettes and Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The Biden administration is weighing whether to reduce the amount of nicotine permitted in cigarettes, The Hill reports. The administration is also considering banning menthol cigarettes.

Policy News Roundup: April 22, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the $1.02 trillion cost of the opioid crisis.

Research News Roundup: April 22, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including adolescent risk factors for alcohol, marijuana and cigarette polysubstance use.

More Than 87,000 Americans Died of Overdoses in One Year

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds more than 87,000 Americans died of overdoses in the 12-month period that ended in September — a 29% increase from the previous year.

Study Finds Menthol Cigarette Ban Leads Many Smokers to Quit

A ban on menthol cigarettes in Canada led to a steep increase in the number of smokers who quit, a new study finds. The researchers said a similar ban in the United States would likely have an even greater impact on smoking quit rates.

Labels of Cannabis Products Often Incorrectly State Levels of CBD or THC

The amounts of THC and CBD in medical cannabis products often are different from what is stated on the label, according to a new study.

Policy News Roundup: April 15, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the continued surge in overdose deaths.

Research News Roundup: April 15, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the effects of depression, anxiety and screen use on adolescent substance use.

Drug Overdose Deaths Rose 27% in One Year, Driven by Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioids

Drug overdose deaths rose 27% in the United States in the 12-month period ending in August 2020, according to new government data. The increase was largely driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl and synthetic opioids.

Length of Children’s Emergency Mental Health Visits Increasing

The length of children’s mental health emergency department visits increased over a 10-year period, a new study finds. The majority of time is spent determining an appropriate discharge or admission plan, the researchers said.

Study Finds Marijuana Use Doesn’t Seem to Decrease Activity Levels

A new study finds marijuana use does not appear to decrease people’s activity levels. The findings suggest people who use marijuana may have higher levels of exercise compared with those who don’t, HealthDay reports.

Policy News Roundup: April 8, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including CDC data on rising overdose deaths.

Research News Roundup: April 8, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the effects of social learning, social bonding and self-control on adolescent nicotine vaping.
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