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.

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.

Daily Marijuana Use Reached All-Time High Last Year Among College Students

Daily marijuana use among college students reached an all-time high last year, according to the annual Monitoring the Future study.

Opioid Overdose Deaths on the Rise Among Black Americans

Opioid overdose deaths increased 38% among non-Hispanic Black Americans from 2018 to 2019, a new study finds. In contrast, opioid overdose deaths remained about the same among other race and ethnicity groups, HealthDay reports.

FDA Puts Off Decision on Whether to Allow Juul E-Cigarettes to Stay on Market

The Food and Drug Administration announced it was delaying a decision about whether to allow Juul e-cigarettes to stay on the market, the Associated Press reports. The agency said it had rejected applications for almost 950,000 other e-cigarettes and related products, because of their potential to appeal to minors.

Policy News Roundup: September 16, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a delayed FDA decision that could dictate the future of e-cigarette giant Juul.

Research News Roundup: September 16, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the use of naltrexone in the treatment of alcohol use disorder.

Overdose Deaths Linked to Synthetic Benzodiazepines on the Rise

Overdose deaths linked to synthetic benzodiazepines rose more than sixfold between 2019 and 2020, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bankruptcy Judge Conditionally Allows Plan to Resolve Claims in Opioid Lawsuits

A federal judge has ruled that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will be dissolved under a settlement deal that resolves all civil litigation against the family that owns the company, CNN reports.

Half of Young Adults with ADHD Have Had Substance Use Disorder: Study

Half of adults ages 20 to 39 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have had a substance use disorder, a new study finds.

Policy News Roundup: September 9, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including approval of a plan to dissolve OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.

Research News Roundup: September 9, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including protective factors against vaping and other tobacco use.

Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone More Difficult to Obtain During Pandemic

Organizations that provide the opioid overdose antidote naloxone at an affordable price are reporting shortages of the medicine, The Washington Post reports.

Study Finds Decline in Drinking Among College Freshmen Early in the Pandemic

A new study finds overall drinking and binge drinking declined among U.S. college freshmen in the first few months of the pandemic.

CDC Guidelines May Have Led to Shorter Opioid Prescriptions with Lower Doses

Guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016 aimed at making opioid prescribing safer may have led to shorter prescriptions with lower doses, a new study suggests.

Policy News Roundup: August 19, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the shortage of affordable naloxone.

Research News Roundup: August 19, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the genetic basis of cannabis use.

Opioid Overdose-Related Visits to Emergency Rooms Increased Sharply During Pandemic

Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses rose 28.5% last year, compared with 2018 and 2019, a new study finds.

Doctors Often Don’t Ask Older Adults About Their Alcohol Use: Study

A new study finds more than half of U.S. adults age 65 and older who use alcohol and visited their health care provider in the past year were not asked about their alcohol use.

To Protect Youth, Learn From Tobacco Control Efforts When Legalizing Marijuana

Policymakers should heed lessons learned from tobacco control efforts when legalizing marijuana in order to protect youth, according to a commentary in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Policy News Roundup: August 5, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the negative impact of punitive approaches to substance use.

Research News Roundup: August 5, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including an evidence-based parenting intervention designed for mothers struggling with addiction.
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