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.

Overdose deaths linked to synthetic benzodiazepines rose more than sixfold between 2019 and 2020, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A federal judge has ruled that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will be dissolved under a settlement deal that resolves all civil litigation against the family that owns the company, CNN reports.
Half of adults ages 20 to 39 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have had a substance use disorder, a new study finds.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including approval of a plan to dissolve OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including protective factors against vaping and other tobacco use.
Organizations that provide the opioid overdose antidote naloxone at an affordable price are reporting shortages of the medicine, The Washington Post reports.
A new study finds overall drinking and binge drinking declined among U.S. college freshmen in the first few months of the pandemic.
Guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016 aimed at making opioid prescribing safer may have led to shorter prescriptions with lower doses, a new study suggests.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the shortage of affordable naloxone.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the genetic basis of cannabis use.
Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses rose 28.5% last year, compared with 2018 and 2019, a new study finds.
A new study finds more than half of U.S. adults age 65 and older who use alcohol and visited their health care provider in the past year were not asked about their alcohol use.
Policymakers should heed lessons learned from tobacco control efforts when legalizing marijuana in order to protect youth, according to a commentary in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the negative impact of punitive approaches to substance use.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including an evidence-based parenting intervention designed for mothers struggling with addiction.
Children who use e-cigarettes are up to three times more likely to use tobacco products in the future, according to a new report by the World Health Organization.
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.
A new study suggests the proportion of cases of schizophrenia associated with cannabis use disorder has increased three- to four-fold during the past two decades.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the WHO's statement on youth e-cigarette use.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including an intervention to foster parenting skills to families with histories of opioid use.
More Americans with opioid use disorder are receiving treatment, but racial disparities persist, according to a new study.
Hospitals that fail to provide necessary care for substance use disorders in the Emergency Department can face legal liability under federal law, according to a new report.
Many people who rely on medical marijuana to treat chronic pain and other conditions are having trouble paying for it, according to NBC News.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the legal liability of denying patients addiction care in emergency departments.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including racial and ethnic differences in access to medical versus recreational cannabis, and their associations with intentions to use cannabis.