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.

FDA Authorizes Sale of E-Cigarette Products for the First Time

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this week it has authorized the marketing of three new tobacco products, CNN reports. R.J. Reynolds will be allowed to sell three of its Vuse vape products.

20% of Patients Who Started Opioids After Surgery Still Use Them 3 Months Later

A new study finds 20% of surgical patients who start taking prescription opioids after their procedure continue to take them three months after surgery.

Study Links College Students’ Misuse of Stimulants and Use of Other Substances

College students who misuse prescription stimulant medications such as Adderall or Ritalin in an attempt to focus better while studying are at increased risk of misusing other substances including alcohol and marijuana, new research finds.

Policy News Roundup: October 14, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the FDA's first vaping product authorization.

Research News Roundup: October 14, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the efficacy of a web-based treatment tool designed to identify substance use treatment centers.

Substance Use Disorders May Increase Risk of Breakthrough COVID Cases

A new study suggests people with substance use disorders may be at increased risk for breakthrough COVID-19 cases, HealthDay reports.

Trial Begins in Case Against Pharmacy Chains Over Opioid Sales

The trial against four pharmacy chains over their role in the opioid crisis began on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

More Than 2 Million U.S. Teens Vape, New Report Finds

More than 2 million U.S. middle school and high school students say they currently use e-cigarettes, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Policy News Roundup: October 7, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the start of an opioid trial against CVS, Walgreens, Giant Eagle and Walmart.

Research News Roundup: October 7, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the impact of e-cigarette flavors on youth.

Overdose Deaths Involving Meth Almost Tripled Between 2015 and 2019

Overdose deaths involving methamphetamine almost tripled in the United States between 2015 and 2019, according to a new study.

DEA Warns About Dramatic Increase in Counterfeit Pills Containing Fentanyl

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a warning about an increase in counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl that are made to look like real prescription medications.

Almost One in Five Teens Uses E-Cigarettes, Cigarettes and Marijuana Together

Almost one in five high school students uses e-cigarettes, cigarettes and marijuana together, according to a new study.

Policy News Roundup: September 30, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a DEA public safety alert on pills laced with fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Research News Roundup: September 30, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the argument that substance addiction is a brain disease.

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.
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