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.

A new report finds almost 187,000 Americans died from alcohol and substances such as synthetic opioids and psychostimulants, as well as suicide, in 2020. This represents a 20% one-year increase in the combined death rate and the highest number of substance-driven deaths ever recorded for a single year.
An increasing number of teens in the United States are vaping marijuana, according to a new study.
California legislators are considering a measure to open supervised injection sites, NPR reports.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including a report finding the highest ever combined rates of death due to alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2020.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a study on the effectiveness of remote intensive counseling versus outpatient counseling in substance use disorders.
A new study finds buprenorphine is prescribed to fewer than half of Americans treated for opioid addiction.
The overdose death rate among adults 65 and older doubled over the course of a decade, according to a new report from UnitedHealth Group.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding research to develop a wearable opioid overdose detection patch, HealthDay reports. The patch would be able to deliver the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.
Find more of our must-reads in policy news, including the emergence of punitive policies to combat fentanyl.
View our curated digest of the latest research news, including a review of research on cannabis vaping among youth and young adults.
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The national government website designed to help people find addiction treatment contains inaccurate and outdated information, addiction experts tell Kaiser Health News.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.