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.

Unapproved Drugs Found in “Brain-boosting” Supplements May Be Risky

An analysis of brain-boosting supplements finds they may contain multiple unapproved drugs, in combinations and doses that are potentially dangerous, according to NBC News.

People with Substance Use Disorders More Susceptible to COVID-19: Study

A new study finds people with substance use disorders are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications.

Drop in Opioid Deaths in 2018 Linked to Decline in Carfentanil Availability

The decline in opioid-related overdose deaths in 2018 was likely due to a decrease in the availability of the drug carfentanil after China changed its drug manufacturing regulations, according to a new study.

Opioid Prescriptions From Dentists a Danger to Seniors Taking Psychiatric Drugs

A study of older patients prescribed opioids by a dentist found 10% were also taking medications that should not be taken with opioids because of the potential for harmful interactions.

Sharp Rise Seen in College-Age Adults Vaping Marijuana and Nicotine

A new survey finds a sharp rise in the percentage of college-age adults who reported vaping marijuana and nicotine in 2019.

Many Former NFL Players Still Take Opioid Painkillers Years Later

Almost half of retired National Football League players who reported taking opioid painkillers in 2010 were still taking the medication in 2019, a new study finds.

Scientists Begin to Uncover Link Between Vaping and COVID

Scientists are beginning to better understand how vaping increases the ability of COVID-19 to spread and cause severe symptoms, The New York Times reports.

In People with Alcohol Use Disorder, Every Day Without Drinking Helps Brain Recover

Every day that a person recovering from alcohol use disorder doesn’t drink helps the brain recover from disruptions associated with drinking, a new study suggests.

Opioid Addiction Medication Not Offered in Most Residential Treatment Facilities

Just 29% of residential treatment facilities in the United States offer the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine, a new study finds.

Passing Out After Drinking Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

A new study links passing out after drinking with an increased risk of dementia, UPI reports.

Opioid-Related Deaths Continue to Increase During Pandemic, Despite Telehealth

The number of opioid-related deaths is continuing to increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the growth of telemedicine, ABC News reports.

Is Congress finally awakening to our nation’s addiction crisis?

As we focus on the pressing crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and struggle for racial justice, it may seem understandable that addiction would remain on the back burner. That, however, is a false choice.

U.S. Drug Overdoses Rose 18% in Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic

Drug overdoses spiked 18% in the United States in the first two months after pandemic stay-at-home orders began in mid-March, according to a new report.

Pregnant Women Face Barriers to Opioid Addiction Treatment: Study

Pregnant women are about 20% less likely to get an appointment with an addiction treatment provider than non-pregnant women, a new study finds.

New Guidelines Say Men Should Not Have More Than One Alcoholic Drink Daily

New U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that men should not have more than one alcoholic drink daily, The Wall Street Journal reports. Currently, the recommended limit is two drinks a day.

CDC Finds Increase in Substance Use and Mental Health Problems During Pandemic

A new government survey finds many Americans are struggling with mental health conditions and substance use during the pandemic.

Teens Who Get Sips of Alcohol from Parents Have Raised Risk of Binge-Drinking

Teens whose parents allow them sips of alcohol have an increased risk of binge drinking a year later, a new study concludes.

Pandemic May Reduce Risk Factors for Teen Substance Use

The COVID-19 pandemic may be reducing risk factors for youth substance use, according to Linda Richter, Ph.D., Vice President of Prevention Research and Analysis at Partnership to End Addiction.

Vaping Increases Risk of COVID Infection in Teens, Young Adults: Study

Teens and young adults who use e-cigarettes are five to seven times more likely than their non-vaping peers to become infected with COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Children Whose Mothers Used Marijuana in Pregnancy May Have Higher Autism Risk

Children whose mothers used marijuana in pregnancy may have a higher risk of autism, researchers report in Nature Medicine.

Substance Use After Opioid Prescriptions in Youth Lower Than Previously Thought

A new study suggests the risk of teens and young adults developing a substance use disorder after being prescribed opioids is lower than previously thought.

Some Cardiac Arrest Deaths Could Be Triggered by Drug Overdose

One in every six deaths attributed to sudden cardiac arrest in San Francisco may have been triggered by a drug overdose, according to a new study.

Bystanders Can Use Naloxone and Smartphone App to Reverse Heroin Overdose: Study

A new study finds bystanders equipped with the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, along with a smartphone app, can reverse a heroin overdose.

Woman Faces Murder Charges After Her Stillborn Baby Found to Have Meth in System

A California woman is facing murder charges after giving birth to a stillborn baby found to have toxic levels of meth in his system. The Los Angeles Times reports some medical and civil rights groups say the charges set a dangerous precedent.

Critics Say Judges Have Too Much Leeway in Applying Law to Reduce Crack Sentences

Critics of the First Step Act, designed to reduce federal sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, say judges are being given too much leeway in deciding who can be released early, according to The New York Times.

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