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.

Fewer patients are being prescribed both opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Ativan, a new study finds.
A new study found a 27% increase in suspected suicide attempts by poisoning among U.S. children and teenagers between 2015 and 2020.
Placing time limits on opioid prescriptions may reduce the risk of misuse, a new study suggests.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including parity remaining lacking for coverage of mental health and addiction services.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on adverse childhood experiences and overdose prevention.
A new national survey finds 43% of adults who say they needed substance use or mental health care in the past year did not receive that care, The Hill reports.
Once a state legalizes recreational marijuana, residents are more likely to start using it, even those below the legal age of 21, according to a new study.
More than one billion methamphetamine tablets were seized in East and Southeast Asia last year for the first time, according to a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a survey finding barriers to care that prevent many from accessing needed services.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on use patterns of non-nicotine e-cigarettes among adolescents, young adults and adults in the United States.
A new report finds almost 187,000 Americans died from alcohol and substances such as synthetic opioids and psychostimulants, as well as suicide, in 2020. This represents a 20% one-year increase in the combined death rate and the highest number of substance-driven deaths ever recorded for a single year.
An increasing number of teens in the United States are vaping marijuana, according to a new study.
California legislators are considering a measure to open supervised injection sites, NPR reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a report finding the highest ever combined rates of death due to alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2020.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on the effectiveness of remote intensive counseling versus outpatient counseling in substance use disorders.
A new study finds buprenorphine is prescribed to fewer than half of Americans treated for opioid addiction.
The overdose death rate among adults 65 and older doubled over the course of a decade, according to a new report from UnitedHealth Group.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding research to develop a wearable opioid overdose detection patch, HealthDay reports. The patch would be able to deliver the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the emergence of punitive policies to combat fentanyl.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a review of research on cannabis vaping among youth and young adults.
New government data shows the United States saw a 15% increase in overdose deaths in 2021, driven by fentanyl and methamphetamine, The New York Times reports.
The national government website designed to help people find addiction treatment contains inaccurate and outdated information, addiction experts tell Kaiser Health News.
A new study finds deaths from alcohol use disorder rose significantly in the first two years of the pandemic, UPI reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including data that show overdose deaths rising to record-breaking levels in 2021.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on the associations between classic psychedelics and opioid use disorder.
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