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.

Calls to Poison Control Centers Rise for Marijuana and Other Psychoactive Substances

U.S. Poison Control Centers are reporting an increase in calls related to marijuana and other natural psychoactive substances such as jimson weed and hallucinogenic mushrooms, according to HealthDay.

Judge Reduces Johnson & Johnson Opioid Verdict by More Than $100 Million

A judge in Oklahoma has reduced a verdict against opioid maker Johnson & Johnson by more than $100 million, NPR reports.

Apple Removes 181 Apps Related to Vaping from Its Mobile App Store

Apple has removed 181 apps related to vaping from its mobile App Store, according to CNN.

Study Finds Juul Delivers More Nicotine Faster Than Most Other E-Cigarettes

Juul e-cigarettes deliver more nicotine faster than most other types of e-cigarettes, according to a new study.

One-Fifth of Adult Non-Smokers Have Tried Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products

One-fifth of American adults who have never smoked cigarettes have tried non-cigarette tobacco products, according to a study presented at an American Heart Association meeting.

White House Announces Trump Will Host Meeting on Vaping

The White House announced President Trump will host a meeting Friday on vaping, Reuters reports. The meeting will include representatives from the e-cigarette industry and public health groups, according to a spokesperson.

At Least 2.2 Million U.S. Children Affected by Opioid Crisis: Report

A new report estimates at least 2.2 million children had been affected by the opioid crisis in the United States by 2017.

CDC Finds Likely Cause of Vaping-Related Lung Injuries and Deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vitamin E acetate is the likely cause of recent vaping-related lung injuries and deaths, The Washington Post reports.

Juul Halts Sales of Mint-Flavored Pods in U.S.

E-cigarette maker Juul announced it will stop selling mint-flavored pods. The company already stopped sales of fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes, HealthDay reports.

Marijuana Use Among Young Adults Increases, While Tobacco Use is Down

Marijuana use among young adults ages 18 to 22 is on the rise, while tobacco use is down, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Rise in Opioid Overdose Deaths in Ohio Linked With Fentanyl and Carfentanil

An increase in law enforcement seizures of fentanyl and carfentanil corresponds with a rise in overdose deaths in Ohio, according to UPI.

Federal Ban Expected on All E-Cigarette Flavors Except Menthol and Tobacco

The Trump Administration is expected to ban all flavored e-cigarettes except for menthol and tobacco, The Wall Street Journal reports.

One-Fourth of High School Students Report Using E-Cigarettes

One-fourth of high school students and 10% of middle school students say they use e-cigarettes, according to a new study by Food and Drug Administration researchers.

Large Increase in Opioid Deaths Seen in Middle-Aged Black Adults

A new government report finds a large increase in opioid-related deaths among black middle-aged adults.

DEA Warns Public About Counterfeit Prescription Pills

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a warning this week that Mexican drug cartels are making counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl. These pills are killing Americans, the agency said.

Some Addiction Specialists Are Trying Naltrexone to Treat Meth Use Disorder

Some addiction specialists are using the opioid addiction medication naltrexone to treat addiction to methamphetamine, NPR reports.

Meth Causes More Overdoses Than Any Other Drug in Western States

Methamphetamine caused more overdose deaths than any other drug in western states in 2017, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Report Finds Total Cost of Opioid Epidemic Reaches $179 Billion Annually

The total cost of the opioid epidemic is $179 billion per year in the United States, according to a new report by the Society of Actuaries.

Some Public Health Experts Worry Vaping Bans Will Spur Return to Cigarette Smoking

Some public health experts are expressing concern that vaping bans and restricted access to e-cigarette products will spur a return to cigarette smoking, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Health Groups Urge Trump Administration to Stick With Vaping Flavor Ban

More than 50 health and advocacy organizations are urging the Trump administration to ban flavored vaping products, CNN reports.

Syringe Exchange Programs Have Prevented Thousands of New HIV Cases, Study Finds

A new study finds syringe exchange programs in Philadelphia and Baltimore have prevented thousands of new HIV cases in people who use drugs.

Featured News: Analysis of Drug Tests Finds Frequent Misuse of Opioids and Other Controlled Drugs

Prescription drug misuse continues to be a serious problem in the United States, according to a new report by Quest Diagnostics.

$260 Million Settlement Announced in Opioid Epidemic Case

Four drug companies and two Ohio counties have reached a $260 million settlement in a landmark lawsuit over the opioid epidemic, The Washington Post reports.

Juul Suspends Sales of Mango, Creme, Fruit and Cucumber Flavored Products

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs says it will suspend sales of its mango, crème, fruit and cucumber flavored products.

FDA Authorizes Marketing of “Reduced Risk” Smokeless Tobacco Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has for the first time authorized the marketing of “reduced risk” tobacco products. The agency said eight smokeless tobacco products are less harmful than cigarettes.
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