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.

A new study finds a steep increase in the number of overdoses linked to the veterinary tranquilizer xylazine.
The $1.5 billion spending package signed by President Biden this week includes billions of dollars to address the mental health and addiction crises.
One in eight U.S. high school students say they’ve used tobacco products in the past month, according to the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey. E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including President Biden signing the 2022 spending bill into law.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study investigating parenting practices useful for preventing adolescent vaping.
Congress passed and President Biden signed a $1.5 trillion spending package to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2022, through September. The package contains billions of dollars for addressing the mental health and addiction crises.
Overdose deaths rose 49% among Black Americans from 2019 to 2020, compared with a 26% increase among white Americans, a new study finds.
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a new settlement with states over the opioid crisis, the Associated Press reports. Members of the Sackler family, who own the company, have agreed to contribute as much as $6 billion.
States should spend a significant portion of opioid litigation funds on comprehensive approaches to preventing the use of all harmful substances, not just opioids, according to an article in HealthAffairs.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a new nationwide settlement reached by Purdue over its role in the opioid crisis.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study identifying factors associated with opioid overdose after an initial opioid prescription.
Johnson & Johnson and three drug wholesalers have agreed to pay $26 billion to settle lawsuits that claimed their business practices helped to worsen the nation’s opioid crisis, NPR reports.
The U.S. Supreme court heard arguments Tuesday in an appeal by doctors who have been convicted of running opioid “pill mills,” Reuters reports.
In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Biden called on Congress to increase funding for prevention and treatment of opioid addiction, The Hill reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including plans highlighted by President Biden to address mental health and addiction in State of the Union.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on emergency department visits and trends related to cocaine, psychostimulants and opioids in the United States from 2008-2018.
Annual overdose deaths doubled in the United States between 2015 and 2021, according to a new government report.
A new study finds people who had COVID-19 may be at increased risk of developing opioid use disorders and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Up to 2.6 million U.S. adults are prescribed a potentially dangerous mix of opioid painkillers and sedatives, a new study estimates.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including data showing that overdose deaths have hit another record high.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on reports of naturalistic cannabis use in online opioid recovery community discussion forums.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines that urge doctors to first try non-opioid therapies for pain treatment before prescribing opioids, The New York Times reports.
Combined opioid and stimulant deaths among Black Americans increased at more than three times the rate of those among non-Hispanic white Americans between 2007 and 2019, according to a new study.
An earlier and broader approach to substance use prevention is needed, according to a new report from Partnership to End Addiction.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including CDC's release of new opioid prescribing guidelines.