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 government study finds more than 3 million U.S. middle and high school students said they used a tobacco product in 2022.
Racial and ethnic disparities in treatment with the addiction medication buprenorphine increased between 2006 and 2020, according to a new study. Black and Hispanic patients received treatment for less time than white patients.
Walmart this week proposed paying $3.1 billion to settle lawsuits by state and local governments that alleged its pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions for opioids, the Associated Press reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a new study finding that more than 3 million adolescents use tobacco products.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study examining the disruptions to U.S. local public health's role in population-based substance use prevention and response during COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for doctors on prescribing opioids for pain, NBC News reports.
The Food and Drug Administration this week warned health professionals about xylazine, an animal medication that has been identified in human overdoses, CBS News reports.
The rate of alcohol-induced deaths increased 26% in the United States in the first year of the pandemic, a new government report finds.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including new opioid prescribing guidelines issued by the CDC.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the development of an electronic screening and brief Intervention to address perinatal substance use in home visiting.
Measures that would legalize recreational marijuana will be on the ballot in five states next week, including four states that are among the most conservative in the country, NPR reports.
An estimated 20% of deaths of U.S. adults ages 20 to 49 are due to excessive alcohol use, according to a new study.
Legislators and policymakers on the local, state and federal levels should use opioid settlement funds for substantial allocations to prevention initiatives, as well as immediate funding for evidence-based treatment, recovery support and overdose reversals, advocates urge in STAT.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including an op-ed explaining that prevention should be prioritized in opioid settlement fund allocations.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a comprehensive assessment of alcohol-attributable deaths among US adults between the ages of 20-64 from 2015 to 2019.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released a report detailing its plan to treat substance use disorders in pregnant individuals, according to The New York Times.
A new study provides evidence that administering buprenorphine within 10 minutes after an overdose patient wakes up results in a substantial number of patients seeking addiction treatment within 30 days, Stateline reports.
People who regularly use marijuana tend to feel more pain after surgery, a new study finds. They require more opioid medications such as morphine to deal with their pain, HealthDay reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a plan released by the White House to increase access to treatment for pregnant individuals.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a nationwide study on health care use and spending for Medicaid patients diagnosed with opioid use disorder receiving primary care in federally qualified health centers and other primary care settings.
The Biden administration announced plans to expand 24/7 mental health and substance use treatment throughout the country, AP News reports.
Ending food insecurity and child hunger could have a direct impact on ending the opioid epidemic, according to an op-ed in The Hill.
There are several key federal opportunities that the Biden Administration and Congress can take advantage of to help end the opioid crisis right now, according to an op-ed in The Hill.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including addressing food insecurity to help address the opioid crisis.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a pilot study comparing in-person and remote outpatient substance use treatment services on quality-of-life outcomes.
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