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.
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.
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.
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.
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.