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 survey finds 59% of Americans say they do not believe the tobacco industry is working to “be part of the solution to reduce the health effects of smoking,” STAT reports. The survey found 77% said they have an unfavorable view of the e-cigarette industry.
Vape shop owners in New Jersey must decide whether to close or to start selling items such as CBD oil and kratom, in the wake of the state’s new legislation outlawing all nicotine vaping liquids other than those flavored to taste like tobacco.
Only a few U.S. hospitals allow patients with a history of drug use to take intravenous antibiotics at home, NPR reports. Most hospitals fear that such patients might be tempted to use the IV tube to inject drugs like heroin, cocaine or meth.
A new study finds rates of heroin use, injection and addiction increased steadily between 2008 and 2016, Reuters reports. The increase may help explain the rising rates of hepatitis C, the researchers say.
Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs this week, alleging the company purchased ads on websites aimed at children and teens, such as Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., The Cartoon Network and Seventeen Magazine.
A new study finds almost one-third of hospices have reported at least one case in which painkillers were taken from a patient in the past three months. The drugs were most often taken by family members, HealthDay reports.
The Trump Administration is proposing shifting oversight of tobacco products from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to a new agency that would be created under the Department of Health and Human Services, CNN reports.
Prescriptions for benzodiazepines—used to relieve anxiety, agitation or sleep problems—are on the rise in the United States, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.