Research Reports

We regularly publish and distribute our research teams' findings and related recommendations.

As the nation moves toward widescale legalization of marijuana, and possibly other psychoactive and potentially addictive substances, it is important to ensure that the regulatory environment around such legalization makes protecting young people a priority.
Substance use prevention, along with treatment and recovery support, is perhaps the most critical component of the public health approach needed to transform how our nation addresses addiction.
Substance use prevention, along with treatment and recovery support, is a key component of the public health approach needed to transform how our nation addresses addiction.
Medical necessity criteria should reflect generally accepted standards of care for the patient’s condition. Yet, for substance use disorders (SUDs), some health plans have used medical necessity criteria to restrict care and control costs.
Traditional regulatory enforcement activities have proven inadequate to capture necessary compliance data or prevent the sale of sub-standard plans.
This report was designed to support and empower state and local officials in making critical allocation decisions and consolidates the best research evidence available.
Prior authorization requirements impose a unique barrier for individuals seeking substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, delaying care at a critical moment.
Health insurance providers must cover a full continuum of services and a robust network of providers to ensure access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. This report examines network adequacy standards.
This annual survey helps parents better understand the experiences, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of their children in relation to substance use.
There are numerous barriers to addiction treatment, but cost and lack of insurance coverage are the most common reasons people forgo the care they need.
Young children are being accidentally exposed at unacceptably high rates to toxic, addictive substances, but there are steps we can take.
The Parity Act has not put an end to restrictive coverage and limited reimbursement for substance use treatment in either private insurance or Medicaid.
Nicotine use in the U.S. is changing, with more people using non-cigarette nicotine products ⁠— products whose health risks are relatively unknown.
Nearly all of the 2017 EHB benchmark plans were non-compliant with ACA requirements or provided inadequate coverage of addiction benefits.
Despite a decline in recent years in the use of cigarettes, the use of non-cigarette nicotine products has been rising, posing a threat to public health.
New research confirms several “disconnects” in the pain-related communication between health care prescribers of prescription opiates (Rx painkillers) and their patients.
A new, nationally representative survey confirms that the intentional misuse of prescription stimulants is becoming normalized among current college students and other young adults.
Results from the 2013 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) found troubling data on teen use of synthetic human growth hormone.
The alcohol industry’s financial interests in underage drinking and pathological drinking are impediments to curbing these risky and costly behaviors.
Results from the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) found troubling data on teens' intentional misuse of prescription stimulants.
This 2013 survey sought to learn more about what parents today believe about the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana and the risks it may or may not pose to adolescents.
This guide includes literature, resources and a toolkit that will help practitioners implement SBIRT.
Parental engagement fostered around the dinner table is one of the most potent tools in raising healthy, substance-free children.
This survey aims to identify the situations, characteristics and social factors that are associated with teen substance use and addiction.
The disconnect between addiction medicine and mainstream medical practice has undermined effective addiction treatment, but there are steps we can take.
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