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.

A new study finds substance use among teens decreased between 2019 and 2020, including marijuana, tobacco and misused prescription drugs, CNN reports.
Addiction treatment centers have become increasingly attractive to private equity firms looking for big returns, according to CBS News.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it will not regulate CBD supplements because of a lack of evidence on their safety, HealthDay reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the first waiver approved to allow Medicaid services prior to release from incarceration.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including an examination of awareness of, susceptibility to and use of oral nicotine pouches in young adults as well as comparative risk perceptions with smokeless tobacco.
A new study suggests many teens who could benefit from medication for opioid use disorder are not receiving it, HealthDay reports.
Changes in addiction medication prescribing rules implemented during the pandemic did not increase the proportion of opioid overdose deaths involving buprenorphine, according to a new study.
Doctors are prescribing opioids to emergency department patients at discharge less often, a new study finds.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including advocates expressing concern about flavored marijuana products targeting kids.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the potential for individual risk factors to predict substance use treatment course patterns.
Allowing specially trained pharmacists to prescribe medication to treat opioid use disorder can greatly increase rates of continued care, a new study finds.
As the number of patients with opioid use disorder who develop the life-threatening heart condition endocarditis increases, hospitals are struggling to provide adequate treatment, STAT reports.
The number of people age 65 and up involved in marijuana-related emergency room visits in California jumped from 2005 to 2019, according to new research.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the removal of the buprenorphine waiver requirement by SAMHSA and the DEA.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association between prenatal cannabis use disorder and infant hospitalization or death in the first year of life.
A new study finds that notifying doctors about a patient’s fatal opioid overdose reduced the number of opioid prescriptions they wrote for up to a year, UPI reports.
The newly launched national 988 mental health hotline is receiving a high volume of calls, texts and chat messages, AP reports. The helpline received 154,585 more calls, texts and chat messages in November 2022 compared with the old national lifeline in November 2021.
In states with medical cannabis laws, 30% of adults with chronic pain report using marijuana to manage their pain, according to a new study.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the release of the 2021 SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association between the early onset of alcohol, smokeless tobacco and marijuana use with adult binge drinking in the United States.
The number of young children who accidentally ingested marijuana edibles between 2017 and 2021 – a period when marijuana became legal in more states – rose sharply, AP reports.
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen over the company’s role in the nation’s opioid crisis, NPR reports.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 includes billions of dollars in funding and several policy provisions that will make critical changes to the way our nation addresses addiction.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, which includes important addiction provisions.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the comparative effectiveness of two bundled implementation strategies in a randomized controlled trial to improve substance use treatment receipt among justice-involved youth.
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