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.

Brief Intervention Decreases Risky Alcohol Use in Postpartum Women

Researchers screened 8706 women at their 45-day postpartum visit in an effort to determine whether the postpartum period is an effective time to counsel women about alcohol use.

Buprenorphine for Opioid Dependence: Why Is It Underprescribed?

In this study, investigators asked physicians involved in 1 of 2 buprenorphine initiatives to complete surveys assessing factors likely to affect their willingness to prescribe buprenorphine.

Alcohol Contributes to Fall Risk among Working-aged Individuals

Investigators conducted a population-based case-control study to investigate the role of acute alcohol use in falls at home among individuals aged 25 to 60.

What Is the Impact of High-Quality Clinical Supervision on Substance Abuse Treatment Staff Turnover?

The relationship between substance abuse counselors’ perceptions of clinical supervision and their intent to leave employment was studied among programs participating in the National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network.

Overdose Management Training and Take-home Naloxone for Opiate-Using Persons May Save Lives

In this study, training in the management of overdose was delivered to staff in drug treatment facilities. These staff then provided opiate-using addiction treatment patients with training in management of overdose and a take-home supply of naloxone.

Study: Painkiller Misuse Up Among Young Adults

A study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that prescription painkiller misuse among young adults has increased even as non-medical use by teenagers decreased between 2002 and 2007.

DEA Medical Marijuana Raids Could End Soon

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing the Bush administration's policy of raiding medical-marijuana dispensaries in states where the drug is legal for medical purposes, but the raids are expected to end once President Barack Obama appoints his own DEA chief.

Faith-Based Funding Review Planned

President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the government's faith-based funding initiative, and changes could include a ban on federal funding of groups that discriminate on the basis of religion or other factors when hiring employees.
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