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​E-cigarettes may be more effective than nicotine patches in helping pregnant women who smoke quit, and are just as safe


​End of COVID-19 emergency endangers substance use treatment


State laws are treating fentanyl like the new crack—and making the same mistakes of the 80s and 90s


Fentanyl tainted pills cause drug fatalities among youth to soar


Alcohol-related deaths have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic


Cannabis vaping rising among teens


Video misleads on law enforcement fentanyl overdose risk


Federal court rules New York correctional facility must provide prescription methadone to inmates


Dopamine makes you feel happy, but we probably still have to rewrite the textbooks


Diverted buprenorphine may help prepare people with opioid-use disorder for treatment


​With overdose deaths rising, here’s how to test drugs for fentanyl


Urologists are helping combat the opioid epidemic, studies suggest


Esketamine shows antidepressant efficacy regardless of sleep disturbance in treatment-resistant depression


Anti-vaping bias undermines e-cigarette research? 


The potential dangers of ketamine telehealth services


Promising early results from largest-ever trial testing LSD for anxiety


Skyrocketing drug overdoses among adolescents 'very, very concerning' warns NIDA Director


Psychedelic drug startups want to help solve the mental health crisis


Emerging research about psychedelic mushrooms pushes legalization efforts


54% of Michigan pharmacies give Narcan unprescribed, study finds


Overdose deaths continue rising, with fentanyl and methamphetamine key culprits


Methamphetamine makes a comeback amid opioid crisis


As overdoses soar, more states decriminalize fentanyl testing strips


National Addiction Treatment Locator has outdated data and other critical flaws


​Weed at work: How HR leaders should handle the legalization of marijuana


Can a monthly injection be the key to curbing OUD? These experts say yes


States that legalized marijuana are bringing in more tax revenue on pot sales than alcohol


Ohio State campus warns of fake Adderall pills after two students die


​Army sued over discharges of soldiers with addiction issues


New insights on gene activity and addiction


Can medications help in lowering unemployment among people with ADHD?


Europe’s changing role in expanding cocaine and methamphetamine markets


FDA issues warning letters to companies illegally selling CBD and Delta-8 THC products


FDA explores new opioid disposal strategy


​Cocaine seizures soar in Chicago, surrounding states, as DEA ‘snow’ forecast comes true


A clash over online Adderall prescriptions is raising new questions about telehealth


Set and setting – the pillars of the psychedelic experience


Opioid overdose death toll has risen more than 5-fold among Indigenous Americans over past decade​​


How far should the menthol ban go?

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​Denver schools to begin stocking Narcan 


​As overdoses rise, Colorado jails take different approaches for substance abuse treatment


​Johns Hopkins, Yale, and NYU are teaming up to tackle a key bottleneck that will arise as psychedelics come to market


California inmate overdoses plummet under drug program​​


Colorado senators approve house-passed MDMA legalization bill In committee


Oregon to become the first state to legally roll out psilocybin


Pittsburgh paramedics can provide buprenorphine to opioid overdose victims


Synthetic cathinones ("bath salts") appearing in Montreal drug supply.


White House drug control strategy stresses harm reduction, interdiction


​Washington state legislature strikes word 'marijuana' from state laws, citing racism


Study investigates how people are using TikTok as a part of their substance use disorder recovery​


Tobacco smoking rates are decreasing in people with major depression and substance use disorder​


More older adults struggle with substance misuse


​Sleep aids may help, but there are risks


​Colorado’s fentanyl bill will force more people into treatment. Treatment providers may not be ready


Psilocybin use associated with lowered odds of opioid use disorder

Click here to read the full paper in ​Scientific Reports


NIDA Director Nora Volkow discusses the current state of the opioid epidemic and how NIDA is actively shifting strategies


Alcohol and COVID-19: Behavioral and biological effects


Which opioids are safer to prescribe?


Integrating MAT, abstinence-based approaches to recovery drives patient engagement


CBT and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder


​Psilocybin for therapy? Vets help sway conservatives


Denver program offered free drug test strips and Narcan. Demand was overwhelming. 


High-dose naloxone product launches in US


Late-onset alcohol misuse can be a presenting symptom of dementia


U.S. bills would make it easier to study health effects of marijuana​​


A vaccine for opioids: Current progress and future possibilities


FDA and DEA warn online pharmacies illegally selling Adderall 


​Driven by fentanyl, rates of fatal teen overdoses doubled in 2020


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps treat opioid addiction​​


​Executives support measurement-based care, but few use it


​Law enforcement seizures of pills containing fentanyl increased dramatically between 2018-2021


​Treatment for opioid use disorder often brings discrimination


Feds: Medical marijuana recommendations from doctors don’t excuse positive drug tests


House approves bill legalizing marijuana​


Study identifies risk factors for opioid overdose after first opioid prescription


​While eyes are on opioids, methamphetamine ending lives below surface


New U of Texas program makes Narcan accessible on campus


Another city decriminalizes psilocybin despite federal prohibition


Adolescents with severe substance use disorder more likely to report prescription drug misuse in adulthood


Oregon decriminalized drugs in 2020: How’s it going?


​Taliban clamp down on drugs, announce ban on poppy harvest


The tide is turning: More Las Vegas-area overdose deaths blamed on methamphetamine than fentanyl


More states legalize fentanyl test strips


Workforce drug test positivity climbs to highest level in two decades


Fentanyl's lethal toll continues. Nearly 10 million pills were seized last year​​


​Drug use severity in adolescence affects substance use disorder risk in adulthood


Indiana Nursing Board must allow use of opioid treatment meds, DOJ says


Cannabis-exposed babies face poorer metabolic health


Toxic air pollutants from smoking cannabis with a bong are 4 times worse than cigarettes, study finds​


Advocates aim to decriminalize psychedelic plants in Illinois


​Law enforcement seizures of pills containing fentanyl increased dramatically between 2018-2021


Contingency management for stimulant use disorder 

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Can doctors be held liable when prescribing opioids in good faith?


DEA unveils 'Emoji Drug Code' to educate parents about drug exchanges


Ending federal cannabis ban expected to get vote in U.S. House this week


Cannabis linked to less opioid use in back pain, osteoarthritis


Money flows onto addiction tech, but will it curb soaring opioid ODs?


​Experts debate the use of psychedelic drugs in medical treatment


​Only 1 in 4 people needing treatment received medication for opioid use disorder in past year


Many patients prescribed MAT for OUD in emergency settings failing to continue treatment


​NIH analysis of Reddit forum suggests experience of non-suicidal self-harm shares characteristics with addiction


Making psilocybin legal


DHHS issues favorable opinion on contingency management


Higher levels of take-home opioid agonist therapy during COVID-19 did not increase risk of overdose


More teens are overdosing on ADHD and anxiety medications


In US, alcohol use disorder linked to 232 million missed workdays annually


Study raises questions about risks of using medical marijuana for mood and anxiety disorders


Synthetic opioids stronger than fentanyl are appearing the U.S.


Nearly 1 in 5 Americans are drinking or smoking more now than in January


Genetically modified skin grafts may aid in treatments for obesity and drug misuse


Does cannabis actually help with headaches?


Naloxone distribution insufficient in almost every state, study finds


Doctors, companies push to keep looser, pandemic-era rules for prescribing opioid addiction treatment via telemedicine


Pandemic fuels rise in tobacco use, cigarette sales


Young people's e-cigarette use is not a substantial gateway to regular smoking: study


​‘It’s not medical’: Oregon wrestles with how to offer psychedelics outside the health care system


Brain volumes shrink with one daily drink


HHS unveils standard clinical definition for opioid withdrawal in infants


Using hospital urinalysis results to track the drug epidemic​


NCAA raises marijuana testing threshold


Sleep ‘extremes’ more likely among cannabis users


We’re measuring opioid strength the wrong way:


Ketamine increases abstinence days in those with severe alcohol use disorder


CDC proposes new, more flexible guidelines for opioid prescribing


People who misuse amphetamines have a higher risk for psychosis


​Study ties brain inflammation to methamphetamine relapse

Read the journal article here


​Psychedelics can alter a person’s core metaphysical beliefs for as long as six months after use


NFL funds cannabis pain management study at UC San Diego


Signs of porn addiction and when to get help according to experts​


DEA launches new initiative to combat drug-related violence and overdoses


Justice Dept. signals it may allow safe injection sites


No, a government grant program will not hand out ‘crack pipes,' officials say


Substance use disorder in the senior population


​Commission identifies priorities for addressing synthetic opioid crisis


​Synthetic nicotine: Unregulated and increasingly popular


Ketamine is a short-term effective treatment for some suicidal patients in hospital


Urgency of drug-seeking habit, not drug itself, drives relapse


NFL awards $1 million for studies on cannabinoids’ effects


Recreational cannabis companies use marketing that appeals to adolescents, despite restrictions


Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl flood Michigan drug market


Online forums like Reddit could work as drug use early warning system


Prescription drug misuse high among nurses during pandemic


Recidivism rates drop for inmates with OUD treated with buprenorphine


British Colombia has a safe supply of smokable heroin that no one can use yet


Addiction medicine consults can reduce deaths in high-risk patients with SUD


Acute alcohol consumption linked with increased risk for atrial fibrillation


Alcohol consumption among men drops during pandemic, but problem drinking rises


​Insurers falling seriously short in mental health, substance use disorder benefits, federal departments say


Opinion (New York Times): Should addiction be viewed as a disease?


It’s now possible to quantify a cannabis “high”


Penile necrosis after injecting cocaine into dorsal vein


Alarming increase in opioid OD deaths among older adults


Youth’s overdose death renews pleas for Narcan in schools​


​Free naloxone vending machine installed at southern Indiana hospital


Despite progress, buprenorphine use in US correctional settings falling short


Making addiction treatment more realistic and pragmatic


Cannabis use impacts cognitive ability beyond intoxication: study


A brain circuit linking pain and breathing may offer a path to prevent opioid deaths


​Limits on virtual addiction treatment may soon return, making care harder to access


Two thirds of physicians surveyed believe psilocybin therapy has potential benefit for patients with treatment-resistant depression​​


​Connectomics reveals role of dopamine in cocaine use disorder


U.S. law makes scientific research on marijuana too expensive and complicated


As opioid overdose deaths hit new record, pressure grows for safe places to inject drugs in Chicago


​Inside a pioneering U.S. site authorized to monitor people using drugs


No, smoking marijuana will not protect you against COVID-19


After cannabis legalization, more THC detected in injured drivers


Opioid overdose deaths among those 55+ soar, particularly among Black men

Read the full paperhereinJAMA Open Network


New models of SUD care needed to reduce pregnancy-associated deaths


Percentage of adolescents reporting drug use decreased significantly in 2021


Psychedelics And MDMA approved for medical use In Canada​


Opioid prescribing down 21% overall, but variances observed among groups


Study identifies safe dosage regimen for psilocybin


​Improving access to methadone can save lives


Does teen prescription drug misuse predict later substance problems?


The promises and perils of psychedelic health care


Kids' ED visits for cannabis exposure surged after legalization in Canada


​An inside view into how digital clinics for addiction work


Nearly one million overdose deaths have been reported since the beginning of the opioid crisis



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