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.

Opioid-related overdose deaths among U.S. adults 55 and older rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019, according to a new study.
New York City health officials are planning to install 10 “public health vending machines” around the city that will dispense the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, as well as sterile syringes.
A new study finds significant increases in the frequency and severity of emergency department visits due to marijuana exposures in children in Ontario, Canada, after the legalization of recreational marijuana.
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Overdose deaths reached almost one million in the United States from 1999 through 2020, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Doctors using a program to increase buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder were able to boost use of the medication sixfold, HealthDay reports.
Many flavored vaping products continue to be sold despite a federal judge’s ruling that should have led to them being pulled from the market, according to a report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
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Overdose deaths involving fentanyl increased sharply between 2019 and 2020, according to a new government report.
Substance use in teens declined significantly in 2021, according to the annual Monitoring the Future survey released Wednesday.
Harm reduction groups are calling on the Biden administration to make the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone available to them over-the-counter, NPR reports. Currently, naloxone is a prescription drug. These groups must meet a series of requirements to purchase naloxone from drug companies.
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View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the relationship between tobacco product use and medical opioid use in rural areas of the U.S.
A new U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory says the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the nation’s youth mental health crisis, and calls for a rapid response.
Marijuana use may interfere with sleep, a new study suggests.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Wednesday announced a $30 million harm reduction program to help address the nation’s substance use and overdose epidemic, Newsweek reports.
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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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