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.

The new 988 mental health crisis hotline received significantly more calls in August, its first fully operational month, compared with the number of calls received in August 2021 by the old 10-digit suicide prevention line it replaced.
A new study finds exposure to cannabis during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of developing mental health problems in the early teen years, NBC News reports.
Suicide deaths involving heavy alcohol use rose significantly among women between 2003 and 2018, according to a new study.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including NIDA director Nora Volkow explaining the need to address co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a review of recent clinical trial research on pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders, with a specific focus on agents with potential abuse liability.
E-cigarette maker Juul Labs on Tuesday tentatively agreed to pay almost $440 million to settle an investigation by 33 states and Puerto Rico into the company’s marketing and sales practices, AP reports.
An increased use of telehealth services for treating opioid use disorder during the pandemic led to a lower risk of overdose, according to a new study.
A new study finds teens are much more likely to vape if their parents smoke cigarettes, HealthDay reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including Juul settling with states to end the investigation of its marketing to youth.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including longitudinal assessments of neurocognitive performance and brain structure associated with initiation of tobacco use in children.
The Drug Enforcement Administration this week issued an advisory about brightly-colored fentanyl pills and powder that look like candy and are designed to attract children and young adults, CBS News reports.
A new Gallup poll finds that for the first time on record, more people in the United States are smoking marijuana than cigarettes.
A new study finds psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, could be useful in treating alcohol use disorder, STAT reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the continued decline of life expectancy due to COVID and overdose deaths.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including an in-depth examination of racial and ethnic distinctions in individual health determinants on young adult tobacco use initiation.
California Governor Gavin Newsom this week vetoed a measure that would have permitted supervised consumption sites — also known as overdose prevention centers — in three cities, Politico reports.
A new study finds young adults used marijuana and hallucinogens at record high rates in 2021, CNN reports.
The out-of-pocket cost for the opioid overdose antidote naloxone is too high for many uninsured Americans, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including record rates of marijuana and hallucinogen use found among young adults.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on the effect of a peer-led behavioral intervention for patients at high risk of fatal opioid overdose.
Prescriptions for opioid painkillers declined from 2012 to 2019 among both patients with chronic non-cancer pain and those with cancer who had private insurance, according to a new study.
People who combine meth and opioids are at greater risk of having a nonfatal overdose compared with those who use either substance alone, according to a new study of overdoses in rural U.S. communities.
High school seniors who play contact sports such as football and hockey may be more likely to misuse prescription stimulants in the decade after graduation, a new study finds.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a study on the decrease in opioid prescriptions.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on how young adults who use e-cigarettes respond to flavored e-cigarette sales restrictions.