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.

The first government-approved supervised drug injection sites in the United States have opened in New York City this week, NPR reports.
A new study finds more ridesharing trips with services such as Uber or Lyft may result in fewer alcohol-involved crashes.
More than 10% of patients who receive a pacemaker or other implantable cardiac device and fill an opioid prescription after surgery consistently take the medication for months afterwards, a new study finds. This raises the potential for addiction, researchers report in the journal Circulation.
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More than 100,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses from May 2020 to April 2021 — an increase of 28.5% from the same period a year earlier, according to new government data. The deaths are a new record high, HealthDay reports.
A new study suggests that women’s use of marijuana in pregnancy may predispose their children to an increased risk of anxiety, aggression and hyperactivity.
Experiencing adversity in childhood — such as growing up in a household where there was substance use, violence or mental illness — is linked with an increased risk of poor mental and physical health later in life, a new study concludes.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a record number of overdose deaths in the United States.
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An increasing number of people under 50 with cannabis use disorder are being hospitalized for a heart attack, according to a new study presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association.
The $1 trillion infrastructure package expected to be signed soon by President Biden includes a provision requiring automakers to include new technology to prevent drunk driving, the Associated Press reports.
A new study finds young adults who experience frequent discrimination are 25% more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness compared with those who experience less discrimination or none at all.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including an infrastructure bill mandate to prevent drunk driving.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including neuropsychological performance in young adults with cannabis use disorder.
A California judge ruled this week that four pharmaceutical companies cannot be held liable for the state’s opioid crisis, NPR reports.
The number of people with alcoholic hepatitis who received a liver transplant or were put on a waiting list rose more than 50% over predicted numbers during the pandemic, a new study finds. Researchers say the increase was associated with higher alcohol sales.
A new study concludes low to moderate alcohol consumption is not likely to prevent premature death, HealthDay reports.
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View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the effects of exposure to opioids and nicotine in utero.
The rate of teens who said they’ve ever tried vaping marijuana more than doubled between 2013 and 2020, from 6.1% to 13.6%, according to a new analysis of studies reported in JAMA Pediatrics.
The Biden administration announced a new overdose prevention strategy on Thursday, The Hill reports.
A new survey of U.S. dentists finds 43% say they regularly prescribe opioid medications, even though 84% say combinations of non-opioid pain relievers are as effective as opioids, or even more so, HealthDay reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a new Overdose Prevention Strategy to increase access to care among those who use substances.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the influence of adolescent peers on one's longer-term patterns of smoking.
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