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.

Research News Roundup: May 27, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including preventive interventions for opioid and other substance use in homeless youth.

SAMHSA to Distribute $3 Billion for Addiction and Mental Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will distribute $3 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan for addiction and mental health block grants.

More Americans Than Ever Before Died From Drugs, Alcohol or Suicide in 2019

A new study finds 156,000 Americans died from drugs, alcohol or suicide in 2019 — more than ever before, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Interactive Text Messaging Program May Help Young Adults Stop Vaping

Young adults who used an interactive text messaging program that encouraged them to stop vaping were up to 40% more likely to quit than their peers who did not participate in the program, a new study finds.

Policy News Roundup: May 20, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding.

Research News Roundup: May 20, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including new and emerging opioid overdose risk factors.

Experts Anticipate Pandemic Will Have Long-Term Impact on Mental Health

Experts anticipate the pandemic will have long-term implications for mental health, STAT reports.

Extended-Release Buprenorphine Preferred by Patients: Study

A new study finds patients taking the opioid use disorder treatment buprenorphine prefer the extended-release version over the immediate-release version.

Policy News Roundup: May 13, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the passage of the Family Support Services for Addiction Act in the House of Representatives.

Research News Roundup: May 13, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the role of the family in alcohol use disorder recovery for adults.

Breaking News: House Passes Family Support Services for Addiction Act!

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Family Support Services for Addiction Act, a crucial step to involve, engage and support families with loved ones struggling with addiction.

25 Attorneys General Call Settlement with Family That Owns Opioid Maker “Unjust”

The attorneys general for 24 states and Washington D.C. say the proposed bankruptcy settlement involving the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is unjust, NPR reports.

ER Visits for Overdoses and Suicide Attempts Rose During Pandemic

Emergency room visits for drug overdoses and suicide attempts increased during the pandemic, while access to behavioral health treatment decreased, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Many Patients Over 50 Don’t Tell Their Doctors About Marijuana Use

Many patients over age 50 who use marijuana to relieve or treat health problems don’t discuss their substance use with their physician, according to a new study.

Policy News Roundup: May 6, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including calls for a coordinated effort to address the overdose crisis.

Research News Roundup: May 6, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the rise of the youth e-cigarette epidemic.

Featured News: Parents, Beware of New Sweet, Cheap Alcoholic Beverages

The news of yet another sweet, inexpensive alcoholic beverage hitting the market is a reminder to parents of teenagers that they can’t overlook alcohol when they warn them about substances that can cause harm.

New Guidelines Expand Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Medication Buprenorphine

New federal guidelines released this week will allow many more health care providers to prescribe the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine, the Associated Press reports.

Fewer Teens Used E-Cigarettes During Pandemic

Use of e-cigarettes decreased among teens in the first few months of the pandemic, according to an online survey.

Policy News Roundup: April 29, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including updated buprenorphine practice guidelines.

Research News Roundup: April 29, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including patterns of opioid use in youths and young adults following first-time opioid prescription.

Growing Research Suggests Americans Drinking More in Response to Pandemic

Growing evidence suggests Americans are drinking more in response to the pandemic, The New York Times reports. The increase in women’s drinking has been especially steep.

Per Person Costs from Opioid Use Disorder and Deaths Highest in West Virginia

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds West Virginia had the highest costs per person due to opioid use disorder and deaths in 2017.

Biden Administration Could Decrease Nicotine in Cigarettes and Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The Biden administration is weighing whether to reduce the amount of nicotine permitted in cigarettes, The Hill reports. The administration is also considering banning menthol cigarettes.

Policy News Roundup: April 22, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the $1.02 trillion cost of the opioid crisis.