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.

More Than 96,000 Drug Overdose Deaths Reported in U.S. in First Year of Pandemic

More than 96,000 drug overdose deaths were reported in the United States between March 2020 and March 2021, when the pandemic shut down normal daily routines, according to a new government report.

Psychologists Report “Mental Health Tsunami” During Pandemic

The demand for mental health treatment soared during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, creating what the American Psychological Association is calling a “mental health tsunami,” HealthDay reports.

Study Finds Telehealth Addiction Treatment Has Benefits and Drawbacks

During the pandemic, many addiction treatment providers switched from in-person treatment to telehealth care. Researchers reviewing studies comparing these two approaches say the potential benefits of telehealth are still unclear, HealthDay reports.

Policy News Roundup: October 21, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including an increase in overdose deaths during the first year of the pandemic in the United States.

Research News Roundup: October 21, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association of marijuana legalization with marijuana use among American high school students.

FDA Authorizes Sale of E-Cigarette Products for the First Time

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week it has authorized the marketing of three new tobacco products, CNN reports. R.J. Reynolds will be allowed to sell three of its Vuse vape products.

20% of Patients Who Started Opioids After Surgery Still Use Them 3 Months Later

A new study finds 20% of surgical patients who start taking prescription opioids after their procedure continue to take them three months after surgery.

Study Links College Students’ Misuse of Stimulants and Use of Other Substances

College students who misuse prescription stimulant medications such as Adderall or Ritalin in an attempt to focus better while studying are at increased risk of misusing other substances including alcohol and marijuana, new research finds.

Policy News Roundup: October 14, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the FDA's first vaping product authorization.

Research News Roundup: October 14, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the efficacy of a web-based treatment tool designed to identify substance use treatment centers.

Substance Use Disorders May Increase Risk of Breakthrough COVID Cases

A new study suggests people with substance use disorders may be at increased risk for breakthrough COVID-19 cases, HealthDay reports.

Trial Begins in Case Against Pharmacy Chains Over Opioid Sales

The trial against four pharmacy chains over their role in the opioid crisis began on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

More Than 2 Million U.S. Teens Vape, New Report Finds

More than 2 million U.S. middle school and high school students say they currently use e-cigarettes, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Policy News Roundup: October 7, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the start of an opioid trial against CVS, Walgreens, Giant Eagle and Walmart.

Research News Roundup: October 7, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the impact of e-cigarette flavors on youth.

Overdose Deaths Involving Meth Almost Tripled Between 2015 and 2019

Overdose deaths involving methamphetamine almost tripled in the United States between 2015 and 2019, according to a new study.

DEA Warns About Dramatic Increase in Counterfeit Pills Containing Fentanyl

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a warning about an increase in counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl that are made to look like real prescription medications.

Almost One in Five Teens Uses E-Cigarettes, Cigarettes and Marijuana Together

Almost one in five high school students uses e-cigarettes, cigarettes and marijuana together, according to a new study.

Policy News Roundup: September 30, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a DEA public safety alert on pills laced with fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Research News Roundup: September 30, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the argument that substance addiction is a brain disease.

Doctors Prescribed Fewer Opioids, While Overdoses Rose Over Last Decade

Over the last decade, doctors prescribed 44% fewer opioids, yet opioid overdoses continued to rise, a new report from the American Medical Association finds.

California Proposed Ballot Initiative Would Decriminalize Psychedelic Drug Psilocybin

California’s state attorney general has approved signature gathering for a proposed ballot initiative that would decriminalize the psychedelic drug psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in “magic mushrooms.”

Animal Tranquilizer Linked to Growing Number of Overdose Deaths: CDC

The animal tranquilizer xylazine has been linked to a growing number of overdose deaths around the country, HealthDay reports.

Policy News Roundup: September 23, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a report from the American Medical Association with new recommendations to address increasing opioid overdose rates.

Research News Roundup: September 23, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the effects of prenatal environmental tobacco smoke exposure.
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