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.

Teens and young adults who drink alone are more likely than their peers who don’t engage in solitary drinking to have symptoms of alcohol use disorder later in life, a new study finds.
State health officials are preparing for the launch of the 988 mental health hotline Saturday amid concerns over resources to handle the anticipated increase in calls, Politico reports.
A large new study finds people who have seen tobacco content on social media are more than twice as likely as those who haven’t seen such content to report using tobacco.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including federal officials downplaying the 988 mental health hotline launch amid capacity concerns.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a nationally representative study examining measures associated with opioid use stigma.
Recreational marijuana use is linked with an increased risk of emergency room care and hospitalization for any reason, according to new research.
A new study finds more than 25% of parents of 9- and 10-year-olds say they haven’t made specific rules about substance use for their children.
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is temporarily pausing the order the agency issued last month for Juul to remove its e-cigarettes from the market while it conducts further review, CBS News reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the FDA staying Juul's marketing denial order.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a systematic review of of interventions targeting multiple substance use behaviors in adolescents.
Fewer patients are being prescribed both opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Ativan, a new study finds.
A new study found a 27% increase in suspected suicide attempts by poisoning among U.S. children and teenagers between 2015 and 2020.
Placing time limits on opioid prescriptions may reduce the risk of misuse, a new study suggests.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including parity remaining lacking for coverage of mental health and addiction services.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on adverse childhood experiences and overdose prevention.
A new national survey finds 43% of adults who say they needed substance use or mental health care in the past year did not receive that care, The Hill reports.
Once a state legalizes recreational marijuana, residents are more likely to start using it, even those below the legal age of 21, according to a new study.
More than one billion methamphetamine tablets were seized in East and Southeast Asia last year for the first time, according to a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a survey finding barriers to care that prevent many from accessing needed services.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on use patterns of non-nicotine e-cigarettes among adolescents, young adults and adults in the United States.
A new report finds almost 187,000 Americans died from alcohol and substances such as synthetic opioids and psychostimulants, as well as suicide, in 2020. This represents a 20% one-year increase in the combined death rate and the highest number of substance-driven deaths ever recorded for a single year.
An increasing number of teens in the United States are vaping marijuana, according to a new study.
California legislators are considering a measure to open supervised injection sites, NPR reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a report finding the highest ever combined rates of death due to alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2020.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on the effectiveness of remote intensive counseling versus outpatient counseling in substance use disorders.