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.

New government data shows the United States saw a 15% increase in overdose deaths in 2021, driven by fentanyl and methamphetamine, The New York Times reports.
The national government website designed to help people find addiction treatment contains inaccurate and outdated information, addiction experts tell Kaiser Health News.
A new study finds deaths from alcohol use disorder rose significantly in the first two years of the pandemic, UPI reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including data that show overdose deaths rising to record-breaking levels in 2021.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on the associations between classic psychedelics and opioid use disorder.
Major food and beverage companies including Kellogg, Pepsi and General Mills are asking Congress to increase efforts to deter sales of marijuana-infused copycat products that mimic their brands, The Washington Post reports.
An increasing number of states are moving to decriminalize fentanyl test strips in an effort to reduce overdose deaths from illicit substances laced with fentanyl, CNN reports.
Sublocade, an injectable form of buprenorphine, could benefit many people with opioid use disorder, but few people are using it because regulatory challenges can make it difficult for doctors to administer the treatment, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including increased state action to allow fentanyl test strips.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a review of literature on simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use by young adults.
The Biden Administration unveiled the 2022 National Drug Control Strategy, which focuses on untreated addiction and drug trafficking, NBC News reports.
Dozens of groups are trying to influence the Biden administration's upcoming decision on banning menthol cigarettes, the Associated Press reports. The groups include tobacco lobbyists, anti-smoking advocates, civil rights groups and small business owners.
A new study found significant reductions in cigarette use among U.S. adults with substance use disorder, major depression or both from 2006 to 2019, The Hill reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the Biden administration's release of the 2022 National Drug Control Strategy.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a paper describing a statewide effort in Virginia to support local entities through federal State Opioid Response grants.
A law that took effect last week allows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarette products that use synthetic nicotine.
A new study finds almost 10% of edible marijuana products resemble snack foods that are appealing to children.
A growing number of bars and restaurants are stocking strips to test for the presence of fentanyl, Reuters reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a law that allows the FDA to regulate synthetic nicotine taking effect.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a systematic review of the relative effectiveness of medications for opioid-related disorders.
Overdose deaths among U.S. teens doubled from 2010 to 2020, according to a new study. Teen overdoses rose another 20% in the first six months of 2021, HealthDay reports.
New opioid prescribing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are under scrutiny, NPR reports.
A new study finds the number of children and teens who receive opioid prescriptions for pain after surgery is on the decline, The Washington Post reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a study showing adolescent overdose deaths rising due to increased fentanyl.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on longitudinal transitional outcomes among adult dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes with the intention to quit in the United States.