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.
Opioid overdose deaths increased 38% among non-Hispanic Black Americans from 2018 to 2019, a new study finds. In contrast, opioid overdose deaths remained about the same among other race and ethnicity groups, HealthDay reports.
The Food and Drug Administration announced it was delaying a decision about whether to allow Juul e-cigarettes to stay on the market, the Associated Press reports. The agency said it had rejected applications for almost 950,000 other e-cigarettes and related products, because of their potential to appeal to minors.
Addiction treatment advocates have concerns about the $26 billion settlement announced last week that ended lawsuits over the opioid crisis, Reuters reports. Advocates say the funds will arrive slowly and could be misspent.