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.

View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on state earned income tax credits and depression and alcohol misuse among women with children.
Rates of intentional overdose deaths, or suicides by an overdose of a medication or substance, have risen among 15- to 24-year-olds, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Rates have also increased among adults ages 75 to 84.
Johnson & Johnson and three major pharmaceutical distributors have reached a tentative settlement worth $590 million with hundreds of Native American tribes to resolve claims the companies fueled the opioid crisis in their communities.
The increase in alcohol consumption during the pandemic could lead to 8,000 additional alcohol-related deaths from liver disease by 2040, a new study estimates.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a tentative settlement of $590 million between hundreds of Native American tribes and Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, Cardinal and AmerisourceBergen.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on dopamine, behavior and addiction.
Health plans and insurance companies are not providing parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits, according to a new government report.
A new study finds supportive relationships, getting enough sleep and engaging in physical activity have been important factors in protecting teens’ mental health during the pandemic.
Some marijuana retailers are promoting their products on social media in ways that appeal to minors, a new study finds.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a report released by federal agencies showing insufficient parity compliance.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the prevalence of opioid use disorder and other substance use among adolescents and young adults in Medicaid/CHIP from 2015–2019.
A new study finds people with opioid use disorder who are incarcerated and receive the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine are less likely to be rearrested and reconvicted after they are released.
Snapchat announced a change this week to its friend recommendation feature to make it more difficult for people selling illicit substances to connect with minors under 17, NBC News reports.
People who vape and test positive for COVID-19 are more likely to have symptoms compared with people who test positive and don’t use e-cigarettes, a new study finds.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a study on providing buprenorphine in jail to help reduce recidivism.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including the association between the concurrent use of e-cigarettes and cannabis with COVID-19 symptoms, testing and diagnosis among college student e-cigarette users.
Opioid-related overdose deaths among U.S. adults 55 and older rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019, according to a new study.
New York City health officials are planning to install 10 “public health vending machines” around the city that will dispense the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, as well as sterile syringes.
A new study finds significant increases in the frequency and severity of emergency department visits due to marijuana exposures in children in Ontario, Canada, after the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including public health vending machines in New York City.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including adverse childhood experiences during the opioid crisis.
Overdose deaths reached almost one million in the United States from 1999 through 2020, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Doctors using a program to increase buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder were able to boost use of the medication sixfold, HealthDay reports.
Many flavored vaping products continue to be sold despite a federal judge’s ruling that should have led to them being pulled from the market, according to a report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a CDC report of nearly 92,000 overdose deaths in 2020.