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.

Overdoses are expected to spike in urban and rural areas because more people are mixing synthetic opioids such as fentanyl with methamphetamines and cocaine, according to a new study.
If the Food and Drug Administration decides to slash nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive, the decision may have unforeseen consequences, The New York Times reports.
On July 31, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired an episode on the lack of adequate mental health care. It discussed the workforce shortage and lack of parity enforcement.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the popular late-night show Last Week Tonight highlighting the lack of parity and adequate mental health care.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association of postsurgical opioid refills for patients with risk of opioid misuse and chronic opioid use among family members.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is overseeing a progressive drug control strategy that largely rests on the concept of harm reduction, experts tell The New York Times.
A new study finds over-the-counter cannabidiol (CBD) products often contain more or less CBD than is indicated on the label, HealthDay reports.
The nation’s supply of the opioid addiction medication methadone declined significantly during the pandemic, while the supply of buprenorphine increased, according to a new study.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy leading with a harm reduction approach.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the implications regarding a US ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes.
Racial disparities in U.S. overdose death rates increased significantly in the first year of the pandemic, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Allowing patients to take home the opioid addiction treatment methadone during the pandemic did not lead to an increase in overdose deaths, a new study finds.
A new study finds people under 40 face higher health risks from alcohol consumption than older adults, USA Today reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the continued increase of overdose deaths and racial disparities.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including smartphone ownership, utilization and interest in using mental health apps to address substance use disorders.
Teens and young adults who drink alone are more likely than their peers who don’t engage in solitary drinking to have symptoms of alcohol use disorder later in life, a new study finds.
State health officials are preparing for the launch of the 988 mental health hotline Saturday amid concerns over resources to handle the anticipated increase in calls, Politico reports.
A large new study finds people who have seen tobacco content on social media are more than twice as likely as those who haven’t seen such content to report using tobacco.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including federal officials downplaying the 988 mental health hotline launch amid capacity concerns.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a nationally representative study examining measures associated with opioid use stigma.
Recreational marijuana use is linked with an increased risk of emergency room care and hospitalization for any reason, according to new research.
A new study finds more than 25% of parents of 9- and 10-year-olds say they haven’t made specific rules about substance use for their children.
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is temporarily pausing the order the agency issued last month for Juul to remove its e-cigarettes from the market while it conducts further review, CBS News reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the FDA staying Juul's marketing denial order.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a systematic review of of interventions targeting multiple substance use behaviors in adolescents.
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