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.

More People Receive Opioid Addiction Treatment, But Racial Disparities Continue

More Americans with opioid use disorder are receiving treatment, but racial disparities persist, according to a new study.

Denying Care for Substance Use Disorders in ER May Violate Federal Laws: Report

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 Face Steep Prices

Many people who rely on medical marijuana to treat chronic pain and other conditions are having trouble paying for it, according to NBC News.

Policy News Roundup: July 22, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the legal liability of denying patients addiction care in emergency departments.

Research News Roundup: July 22, 2021

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.

More Than 93,000 People Died From Drug Overdoses in 2020 in the U.S.

More than 93,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose in 2020, an increase of almost 30% from the previous year, The Washington Post reports.

Senate Democrats Introduce Draft Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

Three Democratic senators on Wednesday introduced draft legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, CNN reports.

Few People with Alcohol Use Disorder Receive Treatment

While many people with alcohol use disorder visit a doctor, few receive treatment for their drinking, a new study finds.

Research News Roundup: July 15, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the longitudinal relationship between adolescent prescription opioid use and adulthood opioid use.

Juul to Pay North Carolina $40 Million to Settle Teen Vaping Suit

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs agreed to pay North Carolina $40 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company’s marketing practices encouraged teenagers to vape, The New York Times reports.

More Than Half of U.S. Pregnancies Resulting in Live Births Involve Alcohol Exposure

A new study estimates that 54% of pregnancies that result in a live birth in the United States involve some exposure to alcohol, HealthDay reports.

Study Finds High Unmet Need for Mental Health Counseling During Pandemic

One-quarter of adults with symptoms of depression or anxiety reported needing mental health counseling but were unable to obtain it during the pandemic, according to a new study.

Policy News Roundup: July 8, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including Juul's $40 million settlement with North Carolina.

Research News Roundup: July 8, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a review of group treatments for substance use disorders.

Harm Reduction Strategies to Prevent Overdoses Remain Controversial in U.S.

Fifty years after President Richard Nixon declared a “War on Drugs,” harm reduction strategies to prevent overdoses remain controversial in the United States, NPR reports.

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act last week. The 7-2 decision allows the health care law to continue operating, Axios reports.

Marijuana Use in Middle to Late Teen Years May Alter Brain Development: Study

Marijuana use during middle to late adolescence may be associated with changes in brain development, a new study suggests.

Policy News Roundup: June 24, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including growing criticism of the drug war model.

Research News Roundup: June 24, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association between e-cigarette and tobacco use.

Illegal Drug Trade Adapted to Pandemic by Shifting to More Online Sales: Report

The illegal drug trade in Europe adapted to travel restrictions and border closures caused by the pandemic by increasing online sales, according to a new report.

Young Adults Interested in Casual Dating Drink More Alcohol

A new study finds young adults who are interested in casual dating drink more alcohol than their peers who aren’t interested in dating, HealthDay reports.

Report Advises States on Avoiding Pitfalls in Using Opioid Settlement Funds

A new report advises states and localities receiving opioid settlement funds to avoid some of the missteps that diminished the potential public health impact of the tobacco settlement.

Policy News Roundup: June 17, 2021

Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including recommendations for the allocation of opioid litigation funds.

Research News Roundup: June 17, 2021

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the relationship between COVID-19 vaccine willingness and cannabis use histories.

Young Women Drinking More, Raising Concerns About Their Physical and Mental Health

New research shows women in their teens and early 20s are drinking more, which has negative consequences for their physical and mental health, NPR reports.