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.

Study Finds Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction is Underused

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction is underused, according to a new study.
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OxyContin Maker Files for Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma, the company that makes the opioid painkiller OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy, CNN reports.
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Rate of Nicotine Vaping Among 8th Graders Almost Doubled in Past Year

A new survey finds the rate of nicotine vaping among 8th graders in the United States almost doubled in the past year. The rate among 12th graders rose 22%, according to Reuters.
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CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center to Respond to Vaping-Related Lung Illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week it has activated its Emergency Operations Center to increase support for the investigation into hundreds of cases of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping.
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Some Vape Products Sold as CBD Spiked with Street Drugs

Some vape products sold as cannabidiol, an active ingredient in cannabis, are spiked with street drugs such as K2 or spice, AP reports.
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Companies Weighing Challenge to Proposed Restrictions on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Some e-cigarette companies are considering challenging a federal government plan to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, according to The New York Times.
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White House Announces Ban on Sale of Most Flavored E-Cigarettes

President Trump on Wednesday announced he has directed the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, The New York Times reports.
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OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Agrees to Tentative Opioid Lawsuit Settlement

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a tentative settlement worth billions of dollars to resolve thousands of lawsuits brought by state and local governments who sued the drug company for its role in the opioid epidemic.
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Health Officials Confirm Sixth Death from Serious Lung Disease Related to Vaping

A Kansas adult was the sixth person to die in the United States from a serious lung illness related to vaping, Reuters reports.
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Justice Department Tries to Block First U.S. Supervised Injection Site

Justice Department lawyers argued in federal court last week against the planned opening of the nation’s first supervised injection site in Philadelphia, NPR reports.
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Medication-Assisted Treatment Can Help Teens Who Misuse Opioids, Study Suggests

Medication used to treat opioid addiction can be helpful for teens who misuse opioids, a new study suggests. Until now, the evidence for the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment in teens has been unclear, HealthDay reports.
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Teens and Young Adults Should Avoid E-Cigarettes, CDC Advises

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating at least 215 possible cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping. Teens and young adults should not use e-cigarette products, the agency said.
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Some States Object to Proposed Opioid Deal with OxyContin Maker

Some states are objecting to a proposed deal with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to resolve more than 2,000 lawsuits over the company’s role in the opioid crisis, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Opioid Deaths Decline, While Fentanyl Deaths Increase

Opioid-related deaths decreased 5%, while fentanyl deaths rose 11% from the second half of 2017 to the first half of 2018, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Proposal Would Let Doctors Share Addiction Treatment Records More Easily

A change proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services that would give doctors greater access to addiction treatment records is raising patient privacy concerns, PBS NewsHour reports.
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Surgeon General: Marijuana Use During Pregnancy or Adolescence Isn’t Safe

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory warning that no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe.
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Sales Soar for Fruity and Candy-Flavored Pods Made by Juul Competitors

Companies that make fruity and candy-flavored pods compatible with Juul devices are seeing big increases in sales, after Juul Labs stopped selling most of its flavored nicotine pods under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, The New York Times reports.
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Health Officials Investigate Cases of Severe Lung Disease After Vaping

Health officials in Wisconsin are investigating cases of people with severe lung disease who all reported recently vaping nicotine or marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates.
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Expert Panel Recommends Doctors Screen All Adult Patients for Illicit Drug Use

A national task force is recommending that doctors screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, including nonmedical use of prescription drugs, The New York Times reports.
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Hospitals Report Cases of People Using Cocaine Laced with Fentanyl

Hospitals in the United States and Canada are reporting cases of people overdosing after using cocaine laced with fentanyl, HealthDay reports.
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Teens Who Vape More Likely to Start Using Marijuana

Teens and young adults with a history of using e-cigarettes are 3.5 times more likely to use marijuana than their peers who never vaped, a new study finds.
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Too Little Naloxone Being Dispensed in Many Areas That Need it Most: CDC

Far too little naloxone is being dispensed in many areas of the country hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Drug Death Rates Are Now Higher in Urban Counties Than in Rural Areas

Rates of fatal drug overdoses are now higher in urban counties than in rural areas, according to a new analysis from the National Center for Health Statistics.
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FDA Probes Potential Link Between Seizures and E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week it has received 127 reports of seizures or other neurological symptoms that may be related to e-cigarettes, according to CNN.
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Many Teens Who Misuse Prescription Drugs Get Them From Multiple Sources

New research finds 44% of high school seniors who misuse prescription drugs get them from multiple sources, HealthDay reports.
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