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.

Harm Reduction Strategies to Prevent Overdoses Remain Controversial in U.S.

Fifty years after President Richard Nixon declared a “War on Drugs,” harm reduction strategies to prevent overdoses remain controversial in the United States, NPR reports.

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act last week. The 7-2 decision allows the health care law to continue operating, Axios reports.

Marijuana Use in Middle to Late Teen Years May Alter Brain Development: Study

Marijuana use during middle to late adolescence may be associated with changes in brain development, a new study suggests.

Policy News Roundup: June 24, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including growing criticism of the drug war model.

Research News Roundup: June 24, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association between e-cigarette and tobacco use.

Illegal Drug Trade Adapted to Pandemic by Shifting to More Online Sales: Report

The illegal drug trade in Europe adapted to travel restrictions and border closures caused by the pandemic by increasing online sales, according to a new report.

Young Adults Interested in Casual Dating Drink More Alcohol

A new study finds young adults who are interested in casual dating drink more alcohol than their peers who aren’t interested in dating, HealthDay reports.

Report Advises States on Avoiding Pitfalls in Using Opioid Settlement Funds

A new report advises states and localities receiving opioid settlement funds to avoid some of the missteps that diminished the potential public health impact of the tobacco settlement.

Policy News Roundup: June 17, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including recommendations for the allocation of opioid litigation funds.

Research News Roundup: June 17, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the relationship between COVID-19 vaccine willingness and cannabis use histories.

Young Women Drinking More, Raising Concerns About Their Physical and Mental Health

New research shows women in their teens and early 20s are drinking more, which has negative consequences for their physical and mental health, NPR reports.

New Strategies Needed to Increase Opioid Addiction Medication Use in People of Color

New strategies are needed to increase the use of medications for treating opioid use disorder in people of color, according to a report in Health Affairs.

Teen Vaping Rates Declining, Survey Shows

Vaping rates among high school students declined from 27.5% in 2019 to 20% in 2020, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Policy News Roundup: June 10, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including racial and ethnic disparities in the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Research News Roundup: June 10, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the benefits of digital health resources in supporting women with substance use concerns.

Statement on President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget Request

Partnership to End Addiction applauds the Biden-Harris Administration for proposing historic investments to address the addiction crisis in the recently released FY 2022 budget proposal.

Study Finds Few Doctors Prescribe Buprenorphine to Treat Opioid Addiction

A new study finds half of all buprenorphine drug treatments for opioid use disorder are prescribed by only 5% of doctors.

Ban on Flavored Vaping Products May Have Increased Teens’ Use of Regular Cigarettes

San Francisco’s ban on flavored vaping products may have led to an increase in teens’ use of regular cigarettes, a new study suggests.

Two Airlines Delay Resuming Alcohol Sales Following Incidents with Unruly Passengers

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines announced they will delay resuming alcohol sales following incidents involving unruly passengers, USA Today reports.

Policy News Roundup: June 3, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including Purdue Pharma's restructuring proposal.

Research News Roundup: June 3, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including symptoms of e-cigarette dependence in young adults.

Featured News: Protecting Young People in the Age of Marijuana Legalization

As more states legalize marijuana, how can parents and policymakers protect young people from the risks marijuana can cause? Partnership to End Addiction CEO Creighton Drury spoke with Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., and Linda Richter, Ph.D., about the issue and possible solutions.

Biggest Barriers to Substance Use Treatment: Access to In-Network Providers and Cost

A new poll finds the two largest obstacles for adults seeking substance use or mental health services are cost of treatment and availability of in-network providers.

Fentanyl Deaths in One California County More Than Doubled in 2020

The number of fentanyl deaths in one California county more than doubled in 2020, and those who died were younger, on average, than in the previous two years, KQED reports.

Policy News Roundup: May 27, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including insurance- and cost-related barriers to health care.
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