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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.

Reducing stress and promoting mental health among teens might lessen motivations for substance use, a new government study suggests.
A new higher-dose naloxone nasal spray does not prevent more fatal opioid overdoses than the usual lower dose, a new study finds.
The cigar industry is lobbying the Biden administration to drop the proposed ban on flavored cigars, which make up more than half the cigar market, Axios reports. The industry argues the products have wrongly been mixed in with concerns about menthol cigarettes.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the underutilization of treatment for opioid use disorder despite its effectiveness.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the social influence that a web-based program for smoking prevention could have on potential anti-smoking advocacy by adolescents.
The Biden administration has announced revised federal rules for methadone treatment designed to increase access for more patients with opioid use disorder, NPR reports.
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links tianeptine, an unapproved antidepressant known as “gas station heroin,” to synthetic cannabis.
The new Tips From Former Smokers campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the dangers of menthol cigarettes, CNN reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including SAMHSA’s release of final rules updating regulations for opioid treatment programs.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including potential associations between prenatal cannabis exposure and frontolimbic white matter pathways in children.
A new study finds high school students who use alcohol, marijuana or nicotine are more likely than their peers who don’t use these substances to have suicidal thoughts.
Pharmaceutical company Vertex this week said it has developed an experimental medication that relieves moderate to severe pain while avoiding the potential for addiction that comes with opioids, The New York Times reports.
Senate Democrats are urging the Biden administration to ease federal restrictions on marijuana, NBC News reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including White House officials discussing plans to provide prison populations with necessary tools to treat substance use disorder.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including an assessment of kratom use among adults in the United States.
A proposed federal measure introduced in the House this month is designed to ensure that $50 billion in opioid settlement funds that state and local governments receive are used to fight the opioid epidemic, NPR reports.
Five members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter urging the Food and Drug Administration to take action to address use of tianeptine, known as “gas station heroin.”
A new bill unveiled by Democratic legislators in Oregon would undo a key part of the state’s first-in-the-nation substance decriminalization law, the Associated Press reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the announcement of a new behavioral health integration model by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on the lifetime use of alcohol and cannabis among U.S. adolescents and patterns of use associated with sex and race/ethnicity.
Federal researchers say that marijuana is less risky and prone to misuse than other tightly controlled substances, and has potential medical benefits, according to a scientific review posted online last week. The researchers recommend that marijuana be removed from the most restrictive category of substances, known as Schedule I.
Sixty years after the U.S. surgeon general released a report on the dangers of smoking cigarettes, some public health experts are calling for a similar report on vaping, AP reports.
A new study finds marijuana use does not lead to use of illicit opioids, but also is not helpful in treating opioid use disorder.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including likely regulatory changes related to addiction happening this year.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the potential association between legal recreational cannabis and cannabis use during pregnancy.
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