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.

The Biden administration announced plans to expand 24/7 mental health and substance use treatment throughout the country, AP News reports.
Ending food insecurity and child hunger could have a direct impact on ending the opioid epidemic, according to an op-ed in The Hill.
There are several key federal opportunities that the Biden Administration and Congress can take advantage of to help end the opioid crisis right now, according to an op-ed in The Hill.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including addressing food insecurity to help address the opioid crisis.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a pilot study comparing in-person and remote outpatient substance use treatment services on quality-of-life outcomes.
President Biden pardoned thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana, The New York Times reports.
A new government survey finds about 2.5 million U.S. middle and high school students (9.4%) say they currently use e-cigarettes, according to CNN.
Some experts say they are skeptical of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s warnings that Mexican cartels and street dealers are trying to attract children with bright-colored fentanyl pills, known as ‘rainbow fentanyl,’ NPR reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including President Biden issuing pardons for federal marijuana possession charges and calling for a scheduling review.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study that examines the association of attending a high-performing high school with substance use disorder rates.
The number of U.S. suicides rose 4% in 2021 compared with 2020, according to a preliminary report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The U.S. House passed the Mental Health Matters Act last week, which would provide grants to establish a pipeline for school-based mental health service professionals, The Hill reports.
A hospital in Salem, Massachusetts is one of the few in the United States with addiction medicine specialists, NPR reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the House of Representatives passing the Mental Health Matters Act.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study assessing if the flavor type used when initiating e-cigarette use predicts addiction and harm perceptions.
Admissions to drug treatment programs fell by almost one-quarter during the first year of the pandemic, according to a new study. The decline may help explain the increase in overdoses, according to researchers at the RAND Corporation.
As part of National Recovery Month, the Biden Administration announced it is awarding $1.5 billion for all states and territories to address addiction and the opioid crisis.
More than 11,000 people in the United States were treated for bike injuries related to substance use between 2019 and 2020, according to a new study.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the Biden administration announcing new funding and efforts to address the overdose crisis.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a market survey of disposable e-cigarette nicotine content and e-liquid volume.
Two potent substances are increasingly being linked to overdoses, NBC News reports. One is a group of synthetic opioids called nitazenes, and the other is an animal tranquilizer called xylazine.
The rate of U.S. teen vaping and marijuana use is on the rise, while their use of other substances including alcohol and cigarettes is declining, according to a new study.
In the three months since the Supreme Court issued a decision about doctors prescribing opioids, it has been invoked in at least 15 ongoing prosecutions in 10 states, Kaiser Health News reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a study showing substance use varies based on how youth spend their time.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on online racism as a risk factor for alcohol-related problems.