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.

California Governor Gavin Newsom this week vetoed a measure that would have permitted supervised consumption sites — also known as overdose prevention centers — in three cities, Politico reports.
A new study finds young adults used marijuana and hallucinogens at record high rates in 2021, CNN reports.
The out-of-pocket cost for the opioid overdose antidote naloxone is too high for many uninsured Americans, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation.
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Prescriptions for opioid painkillers declined from 2012 to 2019 among both patients with chronic non-cancer pain and those with cancer who had private insurance, according to a new study.
People who combine meth and opioids are at greater risk of having a nonfatal overdose compared with those who use either substance alone, according to a new study of overdoses in rural U.S. communities.
High school seniors who play contact sports such as football and hockey may be more likely to misuse prescription stimulants in the decade after graduation, a new study finds.
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A nonprofit group is expected to distribute large amounts of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to community groups as overdoses surge across the country, The Washington Post reports.
The number of overdoses linked to the prescription medication gabapentin, used to treat nerve pain and seizures, is on the rise, according to UPI.
A new study finds flavored tobacco-free nicotine products such as gums, lozenges and gummies are increasingly popular among teens, HealthDay reports.
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Overdoses are expected to spike in urban and rural areas because more people are mixing synthetic opioids such as fentanyl with methamphetamines and cocaine, according to a new study.
If the Food and Drug Administration decides to slash nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive, the decision may have unforeseen consequences, The New York Times reports.
On July 31, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver aired an episode on the lack of adequate mental health care. It discussed the workforce shortage and lack of parity enforcement.
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View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association of postsurgical opioid refills for patients with risk of opioid misuse and chronic opioid use among family members.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is overseeing a progressive drug control strategy that largely rests on the concept of harm reduction, experts tell The New York Times.
A new study finds over-the-counter cannabidiol (CBD) products often contain more or less CBD than is indicated on the label, HealthDay reports.
The nation’s supply of the opioid addiction medication methadone declined significantly during the pandemic, while the supply of buprenorphine increased, according to a new study.
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View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the implications regarding a US ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes.