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.

Marijuana use among children and teens has risen 245% since 2000, while alcohol use has steadily declined, according to a new study.
A new study found there were a record high number of overdose deaths among pregnant women and new mothers in 2020, NBC News reports.
The company that makes the opioid overdose antidote Narcan announced this week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked its application for an over-the-counter version of the treatment, CBS News reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including reports of soaring youth marijuana use.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including evidence of the emergence of illicit benzodiazepines from online drug forums.
Overdose deaths among U.S. adults 65 and older have more than tripled in the past two decades, a new government report finds.
A new editorial on the pandemic and youth substance risk concludes COVID provided protective benefits for some, while contributing to risk factors for others.
States that legalized recreational marijuana saw an increase in alcohol consumption, according to a new study.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the varied effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth substance use.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including an investigation of the indirect effects of theory of mind on binge drinking and alcohol use in underage drinkers.
A new government study finds more than 3 million U.S. middle and high school students said they used a tobacco product in 2022.
Racial and ethnic disparities in treatment with the addiction medication buprenorphine increased between 2006 and 2020, according to a new study. Black and Hispanic patients received treatment for less time than white patients.
Walmart this week proposed paying $3.1 billion to settle lawsuits by state and local governments that alleged its pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions for opioids, the Associated Press reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a new study finding that more than 3 million adolescents use tobacco products.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study examining the disruptions to U.S. local public health's role in population-based substance use prevention and response during COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for doctors on prescribing opioids for pain, NBC News reports.
The Food and Drug Administration this week warned health professionals about xylazine, an animal medication that has been identified in human overdoses, CBS News reports.
The rate of alcohol-induced deaths increased 26% in the United States in the first year of the pandemic, a new government report finds.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including new opioid prescribing guidelines issued by the CDC.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the development of an electronic screening and brief Intervention to address perinatal substance use in home visiting.
Measures that would legalize recreational marijuana will be on the ballot in five states next week, including four states that are among the most conservative in the country, NPR reports.
An estimated 20% of deaths of U.S. adults ages 20 to 49 are due to excessive alcohol use, according to a new study.
Legislators and policymakers on the local, state and federal levels should use opioid settlement funds for substantial allocations to prevention initiatives, as well as immediate funding for evidence-based treatment, recovery support and overdose reversals, advocates urge in STAT.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including an op-ed explaining that prevention should be prioritized in opioid settlement fund allocations.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a comprehensive assessment of alcohol-attributable deaths among US adults between the ages of 20-64 from 2015 to 2019.