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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.

More than one million U.S. children lost a parent to an overdose or gun violence in the past two decades, according to a new study. Almost 100,000 children lost parents to an overdose or gun violence in 2020 alone.
Teens are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco or other substances when their parents are monitoring their activities, according to a new study.
Almost all counterfeit oxycodone pills tested by police labs in Rhode Island in 2022 contained fentanyl, HealthDay reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including SAMHSA announcing the 2024 State Opioid Response and Tribal Opioid Response Grants, providing up to $1.48 billion to states.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association between delay discounting and addiction and mental health measures.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will move to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous substance, AP reports.
The Biden administration said it will indefinitely delay implementing a menthol cigarette ban, NPR reports.
The number of people filling prescriptions for buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder barely increased despite the federal government making it easier for doctors to prescribe the medication last year, AP reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the DEA's plan to reschedule marijuana to Schedule III.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study aimed at understanding the patient and supporter journey in cocaine use disorder.
Many parents who are eligible for Medicaid coverage of treatment for mental health or substance use disorders are not receiving treatment, according to a new study.
A new survey finds just 14% of college students are familiar with how to use naloxone to reverse a fentanyl overdose.
Mental illness costs the U.S. economy $282 billion annually – about 1.7% of American annual spending, according to a new analysis by Yale researchers.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a new study showing the continued lack of parity and access to behavioral health care.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on psychosocial factors associated with overdose among people who use drugs.
Some state and local governments are using opioid settlement money to replace existing funds and stretch tight budgets instead of adding new substance use disorder treatment and prevention services, KFF Health News reports.
Some hospitals are changing their response to pregnant patients with substance use disorder, CNN reports.
A new study finds alcohol-related liver disease and heart problems rose more than expected among middle-aged women during the pandemic, The New York Times reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including some jurisdictions using opioid settlement funds to replace existing funds rather than supplement them.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including an evaluation of a telemedicine bridge clinic that improves access and reduces cost for opioid use disorder.
A group of doctors and researchers is asking the Food and Drug Administration to revoke its approval of a test designed to predict the genetic risk of developing opioid use disorder, NBC News reports.
Teen substance use is decreasing, with some notable declines during the pandemic, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow. But teen overdose deaths have risen sharply, largely due to fentanyl, Volkow told The New York Times.
A new study finds job insecurity in early adulthood that is often linked to the “gig economy” is linked to an increased risk of a serious alcohol-related illness later in life, HealthDay reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including SAMHSA releasing guidance on core curriculum content for integration of substance use disorder treatment for health care education programs.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a systematic review of the environmental influences on e-cigarette use among young people.