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Marijuana use at historic high among college-aged adults in 2020


Medical cannabis unlikely to benefit most chronic pain patients, international researchers say


​Neuroscientists reveal brain mechanism related to how serotonin controls cocaine addiction


Opioids and cigarettes are both harmful, but opioids have valid medical uses


​Toward a targeted treatment for addiction


Methamphetamine‐associated heart failure: Assessing geographic & social disparities


Black opioid deaths increase faster than whites, spurring calls for treatment equity


Chronic cocaine use changes brain structure and cognitive function in Rhesus Monkeys


​FDA says it needs more time to decide on Juul, other e-cigarettes


New highs and lows for young adult drug use


​Young adult cannabis consumers nearly twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack, research shows


The European cocaine market: More competitive and more violent


DEA seeks to increase quota of cannabis and psilocybin for research purposes


​Fentanyl test strips being provided to people released from incarceration


Study identifies possible antidote for GHB 


6 facts women should know about alcohol and their health


Study identifies 579 genetic locations linked to anti-social behavior, alcohol use, opioid addiction and more


California wants to become the first state to pay people with SUDs to stay sober​


Half of adults with ADHD have struggled with alcohol, drug use


Cocaine production soars In Colombia


Taliban move to ban opium production in Afghanistan


New CDC guidelines may have made opioid prescribing safer


​Prescription misuse linked with more negative outcomes for college students


CDC: Benzodiazepine-involved overdoses on the rise


Half of opioid prescriptions for young people deemed ‘high risk’


Navigating marijuana laws: It's time for employers to review related drug testing


​App did not improve adherence in opioid treatment program


DanceSafe releases new kit for testing recreational drugs


​Psilocybin found to 'repair' neural connections in mammalian brain


U.S. alcohol consumption on low end of recent readings


Many ERs fail people who struggle with addiction. these new approaches might help


​Teens who use cannabis frequently more likely to have premature baby​


Emergency departments denying necessary SUD care can violate federal law


Addiction: A question of time


Record high: More Americans are trying marijuana, Gallup Poll finds


Neurons involved in opioid overdose deaths identified, marking first step in developing new treatment


Ketamine or esketamine do not pose adverse cognitive effects in patients with depression 


A myth that lingers on: Casual contact with fentanyl causes overdoses


As schools shut down, 911 drug calls for youth skyrocketed


How to quit smoking: Five actions you can take now


Afghanistan: What the conflict means for the global heroin trade


Young Americans and the growing benzo epidemic


​Tulane researcher suggests marijuana can cause infertility in men


Chronic pain can disrupt MAT​


Uncovering ketamine’s mechanisms helps identify depression treatment


​A sheriff’s office posted a warning about fentanyl. It spread misinformation instead, experts say


The U.S. Is facing a naloxone shortage


The War On Drug’s ongoing impact on Black people


Cannabis over-intoxication results in millions of visits to the ER per year


Drugs that treat opioid use disorder and overdoses not widely available in federal prisons


Preventive interventions delivered in childhood may reduce substance use over two generations


​Legal U.S. marijuana is pouring into Mexico


​Cutting back on alcoholic drinks can help your health


The new mobile methadone rules and what they mean for treatment access


Inside the nation's overdose crisis in prisons and jails


​Cannabis in the workplace: Employers’ obligations


JAMA study: Forced opioid tapering harms people

Read the paper in JAMAhere


​Kratom a danger for older adults


​Alcohol linked to nearly 750,000 cancer cases in 2020, new research shows


​Punishing drug use heightens the stigma of addiction


​Kentucky county saving lives through harm reduction service


In the same health system, black patients are prescribed fewer opioids than white patients


​S.F.'s new drug crisis response: Teams to offer care following overdoses


​With rising human drug use, a collateral rise of dogs ingesting cannabis and opioids


​DEA warns of an influx of fatal counterfeit pills


Why cannabis is part of the future of big tobacco 


Tokyo 2020 is the first CBD Olympics, but it's proving controversial. Here's why


Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: What marijuana cures in some, it causes in others


Yale opioid study highlights the ethical tightrope researchers walk to study addiction using deception


Seniors rarely discuss their drinking with their doctors


Misconceptions and biases about opioid addiction and treatment


Big increase in alcoholic liver disease deaths during pandemic


Cannabis addiction and rising schizophrenia cases linked by study, but some experts are skeptical​​


​How can the U.S. reduce drug overdose deaths? A wide range of ideas awaits Biden.


Wide availability of delta-8-THC is prompting struggle over how to regulate it


Study examines high-dose buprenorphine therapy in emergency departments


Cartels take to social media to sell fentanyl pills


Black Coloradans arrested at twice the rate of white people for cannabis offenses


Opioids & pain pills flood international mail facility at O’Hare


States reach $26 billion deal with three wholesalers and J&J to end opioid lawsuits


Mental illness linked to drug dependence history


Methamphetamine-linked heart failure up in California


​​Harvard Law School launches psychedelics policy project


​Words matter: Language can reduce mental health and addiction stigma, NIH leaders say


More Americans are receiving addiction treatment, but gaps persist


​Ending addiction in the workplace is good business


Half of fatal overdoses in Erie County (New York) are from cocaine cut with fentanyl

Yale study: Psilocybin may grow connections between brain cells


The Adderall generation: The risks of adults popping pills


​Study shows ‘sharp’ drop in perceived risks of cannabis use in older adults

Read the abstract here in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society


Clearing the hurdles to safe injection facilities


​Drug overdose deaths in 2020 hit highest number ever recorded, CDC data shows

Review the CDC data here


Attorneys and Adderall: Disciplinary case shines spotlight on drug's benign image


​Lab-grown weed designed to give you the munchies without feeling high could be a life-saving cancer treatment.


​What is delta-8 THC and is it legal?


Does marijuana legalization increase crash rates? The evidence is mixed


​Could cannabis be made legal in U.S. under Joe Biden? 


Harvard to study psychedelics and the law 


Debate over marijuana use and athletic competition reignites


FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use nitrite “poppers”


Cannabis use may change the adolescent brain, MRIs show


Study identifies opioid overdose hotspots


Pregnant women may face barriers to opioid use disorder treatment


Parties are back, and so is panic about fentanyl-laced cocaine


Doctors who stay current on medical knowledge less likely to overprescribe opioids


Landmark study shows one dose of psilocybin induces new neural connections


Research investigates effect of psychedelic drugs on mental health


Another COVID-19 fallout: Teens’ happy hour with parents


Going mobile: DEA rule change improves treatment accessibility

Related:

NIH-funded study tests mobile clinics for SUD treatment 


Harm reduction strategies still remain controversial in U.S.


CDC launches new "Drug Overdose" website


​Fetal alcohol exposure data underscore need for public health interventions


Uphill battle to legalize fentanyl test strips in Wisconsin


After 50 years of the war on drugs, 'What good is it doing for us?'


​Untreated chronic pain can lead to suicide


NFL steps forward to support cannabis research


Marijuana products being recalled in Arizona due to possible contamination


DEA set to allow more facilities to produce marijuana for research


Adolescent marijuana, alcohol use held steady during COVID-19 pandemic


Methamphetamine use during pregnancy tied to maternal, neonatal complications


Safeway partners to bring MAT clinic inside grocery store


Could that daily cup of coffee save you from liver disease?


​Addiction treatment had failed. Could brain surgery save him?


As overdoses rise, opioid treatment providers struggle to get paid


AMA calls for access to substance use disorder treatment in prisons, jails


​Understanding the risks and benefits of cannabis use among young patients


Despite "War on Drugs", Americans’ use soars


New research supports genetic basis for substance use disorders


​Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies announces scholarship for BIPOC applicants


U of Alabama studying benefits of psilocybin for addiction and pain


Researcher to improve Medicaid-covered alcohol use disorder treatment


Alcoholism in the LGBTQ+ community


Researchers test model to predict drug overdose deaths


Poll shows huge public opposition to “War on Drugs”


​AMA advocates for prisoners’ access to addiction treatment


Medications for alcohol use disorder are rarely used. Why?


AMA supports docs receiving MAT for SUD​


"Laughing gas" for depression?


Supreme Court Justices rule against low-level crack cocaine offenders


​Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for addiction to opioids

Read the full article here in ScienceAdvances


Cannabis use in older adults: A perspective


Colombia cut coca crop area in 2020 but cocaine output rose -UNODC


How cannabis can impact anesthesia and surgery


Recent legislation can dramatically improve substance use prevention


Beyond remission: From alcohol dependence to optimal mental health


How to lower your teen's risk of addiction


Pandemic boosted drinking among Americans 50 and older


High sensation-seeking personality trait confers susceptibility to drug addiction


​Risky drinking habits increasing among women, new research shows


Youth vaping rates decline, but 1 in 5 teens still use e-cigarettes

Related

Vaping: What psychiatrists need to know


Study tests “one-stop” mobile clinics to deliver HIV, substance use care


Small number of clinicians account for half of all buprenorphine prescriptions


UC San Diego study looks at marijuana use against migraines


Amazon says it won't test workers for marijuana


​Airlines pull back on alcoholic beverages on flights amid bad passenger behavior


Texting program may help young adults quit vaping 


​People who use methamphetamine likely to report multiple chronic conditions


Health risks of vaping: Let's stick to the science and speculate less


Legal cannabis sales shot up to $17.5 billion during the pandemic


Emotional regulation technique may be effective in treating cocaine use disorder


​Simple protocol can improve medicinal treatment for opioid addiction


Can LSD help us understand the mind–brain relationship?


​House reintroduces bill to decriminalize cannabis, create social equity programs


​U of Chicago team make progress on new treatment for addiction


​Cannabis use trending with older adults


​How positive parenting impacts a child's risk of substance abuse


Positive marijuana tests are up among U.S. workers


Patients with opioid dependence prefer depot vs sublingual buprenorphine


Physician sues DEA for access to psilocybin for the terminally ill 


A new study finds that CBD can kill certain bacteria


Juul wanted to disrupt Big Tobacco. Instead it created an epidemic of addiction.


Buprenorphine underused in WA, study shows

Click here to read the abstract in Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment


The rise of methamphetamine in Texas


'Off the charts' rise in alcoholic liver disease among young women


Naloxone prescriptions took a dive during the pandemic


Minority of those with AUD referred to, receive treatment


The success of Colorado's cannabis tax dollars


Atlanta bars host Narcan training after several cocaine/fentanyl overdoses


Yes, cannabis is legal, but it's in short supply in some places


Big Candy is angry about THC lookalikes


​Single dose of psilocybin may treat migraines

Read the abstract here in Psychotherapeutics


HHS announces $3 billion in block grants to address addiction, mental health crisis


Racism, opioids and COVID-19:

A deadly trifecta


NIDA sets 5 mg as the standard THC unit for research


Illegal pill presses: An overlooked threat 


Methamphetamine disguised as Adderall tablets hits the streets in San Antonio


Five decades of marijuana decriminalization


FDA proposes menthol cigarette ban


Setting the stage for thousands of opioid lawsuits, potentially years of litigation


Opioid prescribing reduced by 50% after some surgeries


​Una revolución psicodélica llega a la psiquiatría


Delta-8, Delta-10 THC derived from hemp banned in Colorado dispensaries


Why women experience addiction differently


Mississippi Supreme Court overturns voter-approved medical marijuana initiative


Efforts to reduce opioid prescribing may be causing unintended consequences for the terminally ill


Addiction should be treated, not penalized


What's Biden's beef with cannabis?


​Long-lasting medications may improve treatment satisfaction for opioid use disorder


Smartphone breathalyzer alcohol testing devices vary widely in accuracy


The psychedelic  revolution is coming. Psychiatry may never be the same


Confronting the methamphetamine epidemic


Supreme Court weights crack cocaine sentencing disparity


Study estimates two million Americans use kratom


Childhood caffeine exposure may negatively affect cognitive functioning


Ketamine, esketamine effective for depression but have limitations


Researchers say adults over 50 should be screened for cannabis use


​Progress in the battle against opioid addiction


Cannabis use disorder in pregnancy linked to infant health problems

Read the abstract here in Addiction


FDA approves higher dosage of naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdose


Ketamine: An effective alternative for acute pain?​​


THC potency limits are the next big debate in legalizing marijuana


Colorado fentanyl deaths doubled in 2020


Parents, beware of new sweet, cheap alcoholic beverages


Why new guidelines for opioid treatment are a 'big deal'


Colorado reckons with high-potency marijuana and its impact on children


HHS releases new buprenorphine practice guidelines 


One in five pharmacies blocks access to buprenorphine ​


Psilocybin: From serendipity to credibility?


Cannabis industry is harming environment


Study: Alcohol use in college students fell in spring 2020


California Senate OKs supervised injection sites for drug users


​Many people use kratom to self-manage opioid addiction


America has been through an opioid crisis before


Behavioral therapy could reduce suicidal behavior for patients with OUD


Medicinal cannabis: 'Wonder drug' or work in progress?


The country's evolving marijuana debate


These states are taxing marijuana that has higher THC levels


Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome impacts daily and weekly marijuana users


Increasing access to SUD treatment with telehealth


Can one get Social Security disability benefits if one has a substance abuse problem?


Study debunks theory about Rx opioids leading to heroin use​

Related: Read the abstract here in the Journal of Addiction Medicine


Is social media use a potentially addictive behavior?


Opioid vaccine in the works, could be 'game changer for addiction,' researcher says


On 4/20, Schumer calls for federal legalization of marijuana, but Biden wants states to decide


​Should states regulate marijuana by its potency?


​COVID-19 reduces access to opioid use disorder treatment for new patients​

Read the study in JAMA here


​Innovative syringe detects potentially lethal fentanyl overdose


Methamphetamine/fentanyl mix invades metro Detroit


As more states legalize marijuana, more children accidentally ingest THC-laced edibles


Firefighter fired for medical marijuana use: Court says no ADA violation


Medication-assisted treatment is a cost-effective strategy for the treatment of opioid use disorder


Small trial sees psilocybin perform as well as antidepressants


Overdose deaths have surged during the pandemic, CDC data shows


Naloxone project provides opioid overdose medication to at-risk patients


Cocaine-induced deaths double in Australia


Synthetic opioids driving a worsening crisis of overdose deaths


AAA research reports risky driving behaviors of drivers who use both alcohol and marijuana


Fetal opioid exposure tied to infant mortality risk


Not Equal: Racial disparities in substance use disorder treatment


Afghanistan’s crystal meth boom is rooted in this ancient plant


Study finds buprenorphine prescribing nurse practitioners and PAs falls short


CDC: Federal funding can now be used for rapid fentanyl test strips


A woman's debilitating chronic itch disappeared after she started using marijuana

Read the article here in JAMA Dermatology


New research reveals how long it takes for cannabis impairment to subside


Rising U.S. deaths after users mix coke, methamphetamine with an opioid


Expanded medication-assisted treatment significantly cost effective for opioid use disorder


​Overdose deaths may have topped 90,000 in 2020


​Why new 12-step members may avoid carrying naloxone


California senators approve bill to legalize possession of psychedelics


Psychedelic drugs may be the real answer to cluster headaches


Ketamine normalizes hyperactivity in keybrain region of depressed patients


AAA: No reliable roadside test for marijuana impairment


Cost-benefit of treating SUDs

Read the abstract here in JAMA Psychiatry 


CBD, cannabis and hemp: What's the difference?


What New York's new marijuana law means for those with prior pot convictions


Methamphetamine, fentanyl found in Houston drugs sold as "ecstasy"


Teens more likely than young adults to develop addiction to marijuana, prescription drugs within 12 months, study shows


Drug OD deaths spiked to 88,000 during the pandemic


Escalating cocaine-opioid deaths started well before pandemic


White House releases Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One


When pot use starts in teens, substance use disorder more likely


​Why you might get tipsy after just one drink


New York reaches a deal to legalize recreational marijuana


War on Drugs 'over' in Baltimore


A brief history of cannabis


Harm reduction services to get $30 million in first-ever federal funding


Propylhexedrine misuse prompts FDA to suggest OTC nasal inhaler modifications, smaller size


Can Adderall hurt you? College students share their experiences


Kin Slips cannabis-infused sublingual strips launched


Why America is the only place in the world where people use PCP


Methamphetamine disguised as Adderall circulating in New England


Substance use among pregnant women on the rise during COVID-19


Teens' heavy drinking may lead to changes in the cerebellum


The signs of a pornography addiction you might not be aware of


​Illinois youth opioid use linked with other substance misuse, mental health issues


U.S. drug deaths have grown faster in urban counties ​


Adopting a baby with opioid exposure – A painful yet worth-while journey


Hospital emergency rooms struggle with overdose spike during pandemic


Pathological gambling soars in Illinois


Harm reduction vending machine helps promote safer sex, safer smoking, safer injection


The role of psychedelics to treat psychiatric disorders


Tianeptine to be classified under same schedule as cocaine and PCP in Alabama

What is tianeptine? Read about it here in Wikipedia 


Intravenous ketamine appears safe, efficacious for adolescents with depression


​The EQUAL Act and cocaine sentencing

reform


Stimulus package to help fund mental health, substance use needs


A few providers prescribe a large proportion of opioids


People with SUDs have increased risk for COVID-19 and worse outcomes


S​topping smoking linked to improved mental health


The Strong African American Families Program improves lives of rural African American youth


How fentanyl hysteria leads to harmful and ineffective drug laws


9 things you should know about women and addiction


One-size-fits-all addiction treatment must be replaced


Medical experts push for warning labels on alcoholic beverages


How psilocybin reduces the symptoms of depression 


Now isn't the time to ignore the opioid crisis: 

Swift federal action can remove barriers to life-saving treatment


Opioid use disorder relapse may be different for men and women 


Should cannabis legislation limit THC levels? 


​Law enforcement seizures of methamphetamine, marijuana rose during pandemic


​Opioid overdose reduced in patients taking buprenorphine


Alcohol withdrawal cases grow during pandemic


​Vaping marijuana linked to lung injury in teens


U.S. cannabis sales hit record $17.5 billion


Removing one barrier to opioid use disorder treatment: Is it enough?


Disrupting cocaine memories prevents return to use in rats


​Proposed California law would end most workplace marijuana tests


​Financial incentives for hospitals spur rapid changes to opioid use disorder treatment


Rethinking addiction: Rat Park and the chemical hook myth


The first study on cannabis for PTSD treatment has been approved


As alcohol use rises amid pandemic, hospitals see a wave of deadly liver disease


Daily emails about chemicals in tobacco lead some smokers to consider quitting


Medicare’s addiction coverage gaps prompt calls for change


As addiction deaths surge, treatment Industry faces 'severe ethical crisis'


Race and opioids: Lessons from the Civil War-era opioid addiction crisis


Just one alcoholic drink enough to impair, eye movement study shows


B-SMART researches link between diet, Adderall use


Fentanyl, methamphetamine use shot up Wwen COVID hit


Can the First Step Act overturn racist sentences for low-level crack cocaine offenses?


​NYU launching $10M Center for Psychedelic Medicine


What parents need to know about teen vaping


Advocates promote social equity in Virginia marijuana bills


MDMA proves a promising treatment for alcohol use disorder in world-first trial


Lonely adolescents are susceptible to internet "addiction"


Early data show promise in telephone counseling for opioid use disorder


Study: Heroin chief cause of suburban Chicago opioid deaths 


California bill would decriminalize psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin


Drinks, drugs and smoking spell early heart disease


Norway attempting to reduce drug mortality by decriminalizing personal drug use


Psychedelics and schizophrenia: What's the link?


Warning issued in Nevada after cannabis fails microbial testing 


Border Patrol finds 44 pounds of cocaine-coated corn flakes worth nearly $3M


​50K counterfeit oxycodone pills seized in Las Vegas


CDC Analyzes Deaths Caused By Its Own Anti-Opioid Crusade


Maine employers ease off testing as cannabis sales soar


​Two arrested after allegedly using darknet to sell Adderall that was actually methamphetamine


Colombia professor Dr. Carl Hart has used heroin regularly for five years and makes a scientific case in 'Drug Use for Grown-ups'


The atypical nature of alcohol addiction studied through morphological changes in the brain


A psychiatrist explains why addictive personality isn't real and what the true signs of addiction are


As overdose deaths surge, White House takes steps to build drug policy team


​​As alcohol abuse rises amid pandemic, hospitals see a wave of deadly liver disease


Continued increases in overdose deaths related to synthetic opioids: Implications for clinical practice


‘Green cocaine’ identified in Cincinnati


Counterfeit Xanax And oxycodone pills seized In Boulder, CO contain fentanyl, investigators warn


​Opioid overdoses 29% higher in 2020 than before the pandemic: Study


Neural roots/origins of alcohol use disorder identified


Study finds oral ketamine can rapidly reduce suicidal thoughts


Study finds psilocybin four times more effective than antidepressants

Click here to read the full paper in JAMA Psychiatry


The role of the therapist in psilocybin therapy


Debate over marijuana legalization trending on social media


Big game, big worries? Gambling addiction grows with Illinois’ booming sports betting industry


New Jersey becomes latest state to loosen penalties for psilocybin possession


Can ketamine treat depression? The answer may lie in a mysterious type of brain cell


New study examines addiction medicine treatment in Vietnam


Abrupt cessation of long-term opioid prescribing common

Read the abstract here in the Journal of General Internal Medicine


How MLB has evolved on CBD and cannabis


British and Chinese researchers believe they have identified neurological basis of alcohol use disorder


Democratic senators will push to pass cannabis reform bill this year


Survey: Americans consumed 17 alcoholic drinks per week in 2020


It's time to retire the word 'addict'


NBA needs to permanently abolish marijuana testing (Opinion: USA Today​)


Mental health, overdose, and violence outcomes and the COVID-19 pandemic (Audio interview)


Evaluating the safety of cannabinoid-based medicines for older adults


Alcohol use complicates bipolar disorder


Rapid rise in stimulant related deaths alarming and worrisome: JAMA


Xylazine found in one-third of fatal overdoses in Philadelphia

What is xylazine? Check out a fact sheet here


​Teens commonly misuse their prescribed psych medications


​Op-Ed: Children and 'medical' marijuana


Rising stimulant drug deaths started long before pandemic


Oregon takes a sharp turn away from war on drugs as Measure 110 kicks in


​Chances of tobacco addiction high among school-college students: Here’s why


​Intelligence quotient decline following frequent or dependent cannabis use in youth


​'No issues': Drinking alcohol won’t affect COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, doctors say


Compulsive gambling experts see familiar aspects in Robinhood app


​Medical terms for opioid addiction don’t always reduce stigma, study finds


Drug decriminalization without mandatory treatment is a flawed fix(Opinion)


The deadliest year in the history of U.S. drug use 

Read the report from the CDC here


Are older people aware of potential risks related to benzodiazepines?


Adverse childhood experiences, opioid overdose and suicide


Opioid deaths fall when cannabis stores rise, analysis suggests


Trying to beat a coke habit with cannabis? Not so fast !


​DEA warns of methamphetamine and fentanyl drug market built by aftermath of COVID-19 in New York


US may reverse HHS guidelines allowing for easier buprenorphine prescription


​Can the cannabis industry be an agent of social justice? Or is it just another big business?


Cancer patients also misuse opioids: How can we ID those at risk?


Philadelphia health officials warn about ‘pressed pills’ — fake painkillers laced with fentanyl


Methamphetamine overdose deaths rise sharply nationwide


‘Fentanyl is in everything': Philadelphia says overdose deaths skyrocketing


Research establishes antibiotic potential for cannabis molecule


Marijuana abuse by youth with mood disorders linked to suicide attempts, self-harm and death, study finds


US Task Force declines to back E-cigarettes for smoking cessation


DEA announces expansion of Operation Crystal Shield


Terpenes: The little-known compounds that make cannabis a better medicine


​Principles of care established for young adults with substance use disorders


Assessing and addressing synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones in neuropsychiatric toxicological emergencies


AMA s releases updates to 2019 recommendations for state-level efforts to end the drug overdose crisis 


HHS loosens reins on buprenorphine prescribing


​Use of CBD prevalent among fibromyalgia patients


New studies suggest vaping could cloud your thinking

Read the full study here in PLOS ONE


​Increase in pleasurable effects of alcohol over time may predict alcohol use disorder

Read the abstract here in the American Journal of Psychiatry


Eating disorders in gender-expansive individuals


Cannabis use disorder triples risk of depression, anxiety


ePrescribing solutions are boosting number of opioid prescriptions


Overdose deaths jump in Maryland, likely due to coronavirus pandemic


Fungi grow in man's blood after injection with psilocybin tea

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​UFC looks into Johns Hopkins study on psychedelic drugs as potential therapy for fighters


Combination of two drugs may help treat methamphetamine use disorder

Read the abstract here in the New England Journal of Medicine


Physician-pharmacist buprenorphine treatment collaboration shows strong returns

Read the abstract here in Addiction


Toledo's opioid-related overdoses, deaths spike in 2020


Using cannabis while trying to conceive may reduce pregnancy chances


Study: One alcoholic drink a day linked to increased risk of atrial fibrillation


Advocates concerned by recent tainted drug warnings in Nova Scotia

When getting high Is a hobby, not a habit


No more cannabis tourism In Amsterdam post-Coronavirus


​Ketamine significantly reduces severity of PTSD symptoms

Read the abstract here in the American Journal of Psychiatry


​Marijuana use varies with seasons, shows study


California lawmakers move to expand contingency management, a controversial but effective treatment for methamphetamine use disorder


​Oregon marijuana sales soared in 2020, topping $1 billion


More than half of people using cannabis for pain experience multiple withdrawal symptoms

Read the abstract here in Addiction


Balancing the risks and benefits of benzodiazepines


Addiction risk on the rise for female employees​​


​Cannabis use may diminish stress response


Millennium Health study reveals nationwide increase in urine drug test positivity for methamphetamine

Read the study abstract in the Journal of Addiction Medicine here


Overdoses are increasing in the U.S. over Covid-19: Here’s what addiction experts want you to know


Autism spectrum disorder and the risk of substance use disorder


In Washington State new law requires faster treatment for substance use disorders


Former Walmart pharmacists say company ignored red flags as opioid sales boomed


Light smokers may not escape nicotine addiction


More than one-third of Canadians with cancer acknowledge using cannabis to treat their symptoms

Read the journal abstract here


​Illinois starts new year by expunging nearly 500,000 marijuana arrest records


San Francisco sees record overdoses even as police seize millions of lethal fentanyl doses. What's going on?


Mexico fentanyl seizures soar by almost 500% in 2020


Gaps found in opioid use disorder treatment during pandemic


DEA: New fentanyl analog detected in overdose deaths in Arizona


​After COVID-19 and beyond the opioid wave


CDC issues advisory as drug overdose deaths spike


​Study: Surge of teen vaping levels off, but remains high as of early 2020


Is ketamine effective for typical and atypical depression?


​Ketamine may ease depression by restoring the brain’s sensitivity to prediction error, study suggests


​It may be legal, but high prices and inconvenience may drive black-market marijuana for years


Cannabis warning for new and expectant moms


​Synthetic marijuana prosecutions get mixed results due to legal complications


Study says young adults vaping cannabis more likely to get bronchitis​


​How alcohol affects us as we age


​Synthetic marijuana prosecutions get mixed results due to legal complications


Telemedicine reduces substance use disorder stigma


How the U.S. can fight the opioid epidemic during COVID-19


Justice Department sues Walmart, alleging it helped fuel the opioid crisis


More wine, cheese in diet can reduce cognitive decline


What caregivers need to know about medical marijuana


After years of increases, teen vaping rates take a tumble


Depression in childhood or teen years may increase odds of illness and early death


The importance of studying sex and gender differences in opioid misuse


Tropicana apologizes for encouraging parents to drink mimosas amid pandemic stress


How to cut back on your pandemic drinking


Driving under the influence of cannabis: What the data show


Many people treated for opioid overdose in emergency departments die within 1 year


Drug use and its consequences increase among middle-aged and older adults


Parents’ marijuana use may increase children’s risk of marijuana use and favorable views of marijuana


Experimental vaccine can counter dangerous effects of synthetic cannabinoids


​Too many quarantinis - a risk, especially for seniors -


'Adderall' rapper Popp Hunna makes prescription drug PSA after TikTok fame


​Drug overdose deaths in Virginia skyrocketed during the pandemic. It’s now the state’s worst year on record.


AMA ‘Greatly concerned’ by rising number of opioid overdoses


UN body votes to recognize cannabis’ medicinal purposes


Naloxone by mail in Delaware


Australia embarks on its first ever psychedelic drug study to treat anxiety


Health Canada opens the door to psychedelic therapies


CBD allergies: Can you have allergic reaction to CBD oil​?


Arizona researchers: Pandemic could transform, improve treatment for opioid use disorder 


​Suburban Cook County launches initiative to prevent opioid overdose deaths


House votes to expand marijuana research


Ibogaine inspires potential neuropsychiatric treatment


Most substance use treatment in Nebraska centers not on opioids, but on alcohol and methamphetamine


Non-fatal overdoses increasing among children, CDC study finds


Alcohol harms the brain most at three key stages of life


Polysubstance use driving overdose deaths in adolescents and young adults


Adverse childhood experiences are associated with at-risk drinking, cannabis and illicit drug use in females but not males: An emergency department study


Every extra week of lockdown increases risk of binge drinking by a fifth, study suggests


Marijuana can harm more than just the user but poses less risk to others than alcohol


House passes landmark bill decriminalizing marijuana


​​Does cannabidiol impair driving?


Opioid crisis: No easy fix to its social and economic determinants


Troubling trend: "Trashcans" full of drug mixtures circulating in Maryland


Artificial intelligence–based tool may help diagnose opioid addiction earlier


What was lost when covid forced addiction support groups online — and what was gained


Biden’s other health crisis: A resurgent drug epidemic


Docs can prescribe opioids via telemedicine, for now


​Psychedelic mushrooms at center of effort to help dying patients


How addiction could be hurting your career without your knowledge


New psychedelic treatment being used to treat PTSD in health-care workers


​‘Magic mushrooms’ moving into the mainstream


People are increasingly open to psychedelic therapies. What’s driving that change?


​New study identifies link between personality traits and psychedelic experiences

Read the abstract here in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs


Dramatic increases in vaping marijuana and nicotine among U.S. college students and young adults


Online gambling, gaming addiction has increased during COVID-19: Tips that can help


A different meaning of recovery

(ASAM editorial)


Customs and Border Patrol says familiar flows of drugs are shifting 


​Psilocybin & migraine: First of its kind trial reports promising results


New study shows efficacy of high blood pressure medication in treating alcohol withdrawal symptoms


State initiative launched to help Illinoisans expunge marijuana arrests, convictions


Rising unemployment, increased isolation are huge barriers to substance use disorder recovery


​From pills to powder: 1 in 3 high school seniors who misused prescription opioids later used heroin


Street fentanyl surges in western U.S. leading to thousands of deaths


Saying it nicer: Why language matters for people with addiction


What is Xanax addiction?


​Limiting the misuse and diversion of prescription stimulants (Video)


Court turns tide with treatment over incarceration


'We are shipping to the U.S.': Inside China's online synthetic drug networks


Increase of emergency department admittance due to amphetamine-type stimulant overdoses in the United States


What Is Adderall Addiction?

​Marijuana can be harmful for heart patients, but improves some risk factors, studies show


Record 546 deaths from methamphetamine in San Diego County in 2019


State regulators start “Cannabis Regulators Association”


​More than $500 million in cannabis sold in Illinois since January


​Opioid overdoses deaths up 40 per cent in Canada; experts blame pandemic


​Addiction: 5 early warning signs


Teen e-cigarette use increases odds of smoking cigarettes


​More evidence that vaping ups lung disease risk


Increase in coca cultivation and cocaine production in Bolivia


Adderall: A problem or a problem-solver?


Argentina to allow medicinal marijuana to be grown at home 


​Marijuana legalization successes pave way for national conversation on drug laws: Experts


Inside a psilocybin playlist at Johns Hopkins


AAFP, other groups decry DEA telemedicine rule-making delay


​People with addiction more likely to get COVID-19, die


​Montreal public health sounds alarm about counterfeit oxycodone after fatal overdose


In wake of legalization, Maricopa County Attorney will dismiss all pending marijuana possession charges


Study shows neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is preventable


How to use fentanyl test strips


Op-Ed: Marijuana Puts Youth at Risk


NIH to study how much (more) Americans are drinking alcohol during the pandemic


Cannabis can reduce symptoms of OCD, at least for a little while


Analyzing addiction and free will


Mexico is poised to legalize marijuana


New drug on Montreal's streets even more potent than fentanyl

What is isotonitazene?

Take a look at our fact sheet


Opioid crisis worsens during pandemic; minority communities most affected


​Science-informed choice in mutual aid recovery


The risks and benefits of cannabis are age-dependent


Oregon decriminalizes possession of small amounts of "hard" drugs


ASAM editorial comment: Earthly Rewards


Newly legal cannabis edibles spark visits to emergency room


​Cannabis ‘revolution’ requires closer look at its benefits, dangers


Parents more aware when their kids smoke than when they vape


What we know about CBD


​Stop ignoring China's other killer export: fentanyl


ED Docs: Don't fear buprenorphine for acute opioid withdrawal


Oregon voters to decide on decriminalizing heroin, cocaine and LSD


Deadly opioid carfentanil found in upstate New York


​New study will examine women with opioid-use disorder in criminal justice system


Research suggests key difference in cocaine, sugar's effect on brain


Rhode Island authorities warn of fentanyl disguised as prescription pills


New guidelines address rise in opioid use during pregnancy


Booze vs. boredom: 1 In 3 Floridians turned to hard liquor during COVID lockdown


Expanding psilocybin research, Johns Hopkins hopes to hear from more users


Step inside a Colombian jungle lab where coca leaf begin its journey to become cocaine

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Mexican authorities seize industrial-scale methamphetamine and fentanyl lab


The epigenetic secrets behind dopamine, drug addiction and depression


Contingency management works. Why is it so underused?


​America is still in the middle of an opioid epidemic. Why did we stop talking about it?


Words matter - Terms to use and avoid when talking about addiction


Opioid hospitalizations fall, but other drug-related hospitalizations rise during lead-up to pandemic


The benefits of of psilocybin in treating mental health disorders


Texas police seize over 10,000 'Xanax' pills that actually contained fentanyl


Michigan county begins naloxone 'leave behind' program


​Research reveals long-term “devastating” effects of amphetamines


Psychedelic drugs: Lessons from ketamine and psilocybin


DEA announces 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


Xyaline: A toxic adulterant found in street drugs


Purple heroin (brorphine) claims first victim in New Orleans


Expanded access to naloxone can curb opioid overdose deaths 


Redoubling efforts to help Americans quit smoking — Federal initiatives to tackle the country’s longest-running epidemic


Marijuana use linked to lower hospital mortality in COPD patients


OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges


Use of Adderall as a "study drug" is on the rise


Hazelden Betty Ford: Virtual IOP outcomes match in-person offerings

Reduced drinking can improve pain symptoms


Positive drug tests for heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids increase during COVID pandemic


Xylazine: A toxic adulterant found in illicit drugs


Heavy drinking is killing women in record numbers, and experts fear a coronavirus-related spike

Click here to read the full report from the CDC


​'Purple heroin,' new opioid drug may pose danger in Michigan


​In the cannabis patch, a patchwork of safety standards — and in some cases none at all


Using Adderall as a study aid is irresponsible


DEA attempts to block new delta-8-THC cannabis product


Nashville has already surpassed the record for deadly overdoses in a year​
​​

Drug-related deaths in England and Wales at highest ever level​


New pink fentanyl causing overdoses across Ontario, prompting public health warnings


The cannabis entourage effect


Docs develop clinical guidelines for medical cannabis​

Read a summary of the guidelines here


Prenatal cannabis exposure linked to cognitive deficits, altered behavior


Op-Ed: Cannabis will not solve the opioid problem


Four states could legalize marijuana next month


SUD diagnosis linked with increased COVID-19 susceptibility


Pointers from Portugal on addiction and the drug war​


University of Cincinnati research could help identify genetic markers for opioid addiction

​Researchers discover gene that could decrease likelihood of developing alcoholic cirrhosis


Fallout from COVID-19 pandemic leads to rise in heavy drinking, domestic violence


​FDA panel: All thumbs down for amphetamine product meant to deter abuse


New opioid has killed 3 in Peoria (IL); 20 nationwide


Lockdown boredom at UK universities Is fueling drug taking among students


Deaths from cocaine overdose rising dramatically

Read the CDC report here


​Pandemic waivers made it easier to get treatment for opioid addiction. That could all go away this month


Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics investigating deaths linked to fake oxycodone pills


Health on wheels: Tricked-out RVs deliver addiction treatment to rural Colorado


The connection between substance use and trauma


​Cannabis use after work doesn't affect productivity

Go to the source. Read the paper in ​Group and Organization Management here  


'Abuse Deterrent' ADHD Tx May Face Uphill Approval Path
— FDA staff questions if formulation will really deter snorting or injection


Illinois recreational marijuana sales break another record In September


​Marijuana use increases pain after surgery, requires more anesthesia, study finds


​Binge drinking is a serious but preventable public health problem


Maui police issue alert regarding counterfeit pills containing fentanyl


Bill to expand support for community addiction treatment passes House


THC may help treat acute respiratory distress syndrome in mice, researchers say

Oregon voters to decide on measure legalizing psychedelic mushrooms for therapeutic use


Video: Psilocybin and Mystical Experience: Implications for Healthy Psychological Functioning, Spirituality, and Religion


​​Syringe access bill in California signed into law by governor


Evolving marijuana laws and the workplace


Steep increase seen in deaths related to alcohol use in rural areas

Want to go to the source?

Read the CDC report here


Women drinking more heavily during COVID-19 and reporting more alcohol-related problems


FDA seeks public input on patient-focused drug development for stimulant use disorder

To attend free of charge click here


'A disturbing trend’: Massachusetts doctors report uptick in kids getting sick from THC-laced edibles


Pandemic waivers made it easier to get treatment for opioid addiction. That could all go away next month.


​Who will benefit from psychedelic medicine?


The complex relationship between alcohol and pain


Cannabis legalization and acute harm from high potency cannabis products


​Michigan announces $80 million for opioids crisis response


UC Berkeley unveils Center for Science of Psychedelics


​Report: Safe injection site in Boston could save city millions in medical costs


​San Diego sees spike in overdose deaths


What parents need to know about college binge drinking


Study: Use of cannabis long-term not associated with cognitive differences in older adults

Want to go straight to the source? Click here to read the abstract in Drug and Alcohol Review


Cannabis and Parkinson's Disease


​Exercise plays a key role in addiction recovery, stresses of pandemic


Longer drive times may limit methadone access


Cocaine addiction: Impact of genetic mutations elucidated


DEA details Operation DisrupTor, which brought down Darknet drug traffickers 


​Look beyond opioids to solve national substance use epidemic


Is cannabis as safe as you think?


September 27th (Recovery Sunday) offers hope to Christian drug addicts: 52% of Protestant pastors know someone addicted to opioids


Pot use during pregnancy linked to kids' mental health issues

​Read the abstract here in JAMA Psychiatry


Benzodiazepines to carry abuse, addiction warnings


Ann Arbor decriminalizes psilocybin, other psychedelic plants


​Big drop reported in vaping by US teenagers


Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn’t curbed abuse, overdoses


N.J. pharmacies will hand out naloxone for free this week


Tennessee Department of Investigation says methamphetamines on track to be 2020’s top submitted drug


This is your brain’s 5-HT2A receptors on LSD or psilocybin


​Covid-19 is destroying the rehab industry


ASAM updates COVID-19 resources and guidance


COVID-19 risk 10-fold higher for persons with opioid use disorder


​Deadly opioid carfentanil resurfaces in Toronto's unregulated drug supply


Hazelden-Betty Ford begins free nationwide Spanish-language program for families affected by addiction

Click here to view the program

Haga clic aquí para ver este programa


Defying the family cycle of addiction


Addicted: How meth hooked Edmonton — again


So you want to quit vaping? Read this to do it for good


Quiz: Drug slang terms


Drugs at work: what employers need to know


Recreational marijuana sales hit new record high In Illinois, and number is expected to keep rising


​Limited knowledge about opioid overdose in at-risk group


Indiana University Medical School researchers receive multimillion-dollar grant to study potential new treatment for opioid addiction


Women face additional challenges in substance use disorder treatment ​


LSD won't make a good painkiller


COVID-19 could make 2020 Canada's worst year for overdoses


Fentanyl used in vape pens


Access to opioid use disorder treatment dependent on insurance status


If your home used to be a meth lab, the very air could still contain drugs


Arizona experiencing devastating increase in methamphetamine use


Risk of suicide, unintentional death soar after nonfatal overdose​​


​These states are voting on cannabis legalization this November


Mid-year Chicago opioid update


Large study reveals excessive drinking doubles the risk of dementia


Rolling papers, blunt wraps may harbor heavy metals, pesticides


​Researchers discover gene that could decrease likelihood of developing alcoholic cirrhosis


​New guidelines issued on medical cannabis for chronic pain


FDA panel: Reformulated OxyContin did not reduce overall abuse


Older patients at increased risk for substance use, comorbid psychiatric disorders


​COVID-19 pandemic leads to surge in drug test positivity rates


Opioid use linked to hearing loss


Most residential treatment programs don't offer buprenorphine


Johns Hopkins launches clinical trial for psilocybin mushrooms


Ketamine bladder damage – What you need to know


Arkansas opioid prescriptions fall 29% in three-year period


Here's what happens when you mix psychedelic drugs with psychotherapy


University of Valencia researchers patent a kit to detect GHB in alcoholic beverages and soft drinks


Eating disorders thrive In anxious times, and pose a lethal threat


Psychedelic 'trips' are similar to religious experiences in many ways


On overdose awareness day, Annapolis opioid deaths will soon top 2019 total


​Narcan must become as commonplace as CPR


​Illinois addiction programs get $36 million federal grant


​Use of legal enhancing substances linked to alcoholism later in life


Another great marijuana lie: “Dabs” are bad and most cannabis consumers prefer less THC, study finds


​Telemedicine and addiction recovery: A new way forward?


​‘Laced’ opioids leading to more overdoses, deaths in El Paso


DEA proposes cuts in the opioid supply for fifth consecutive year


House will vote on federal marijuana legalization for the first time, bill's future in Senate uncertain


A 10-minute training can eliminate fentanyl myths among first responders


 The rewarding effect of alcohol is altered in the presence of pain


Even light drinking linked to higher risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome


Each day sober slowly helps alcohol-affected brains recover


​Balancing the public health costs of psychosis vs mass incarceration with the legalization of cannabis


Methamphetamine-adulterated fentanyl on the rise in Missouri


​'Benadryl challenge' is a dangerous and deadly fad on social media: medical experts


Marijuana and pregnancy: There's no evidence that exposure is safe


Clinical trial combining LSD & MDMA to launch in 2021


​Marijuana use is on the rise in older adults


Flagstaff Police Department reports spike In fentanyl pill related overdoses and deaths


Missouri’s fentanyl problem: State recently topped nation in rate for overdose deaths


Denver reports 83% increase in overdose deaths In first half of 2020


City Of San Francisco pays for billboard on 'safe' heroin injection


Placenta can indicate how body responds to opioids during pregnancy

Can marijuana help with depression? Study finds "concerning" results”


Virulence factors in gut determine mortality in alcoholic hepatitis


Genetic variant linked to reduced severe alcoholic hepatitis risk


Even with a license to prescribe buprenorphine, many doctors aren’t giving it to their patients


House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances


​Dublin trial assesses use of psilocybin on those with depression


Medication and Aging


Sobriety online: Managing recovery in a virtual world


​Psychological factors associated with substance use initiation during the COVID-19 pandemic


Marijuana use not associated with larger outbreaks of vaping-related lung injuries, Yale study finds


Colombia wants to resume spraying a toxic chemical to fight cocaine. Critics say it's too risky​


Cannabis research database shows how U.S. funding focuses on harms of the drug


Missouri law restricting shapes of marijuana edibles goes into effect​


​LSD microdose trial for acute pain relief reports “remarkable” results

Click here to read the study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology


Cannabis use after work doesn’t affect productivity – new research


How Alcoholics Anonymous prepared me for the pandemic


Less than a quarter of Americans correctly identified opioids


​Workforce drug testing positivity climbed to highest rate in 16 years

Marijuana positivity climbed by double digits, while opiate and heroin positivity decline
Cocaine and methamphetamine positivity surges in midwest


Parents, family relationships influence adolescent substance abuse, study finds

​Read the study from Adversity and Resilience Science here


Young adults pandemic mental health risks


Illicit fentanyl, stimulants found In majority of overdose deaths In British Columbia


Spending on behavioral health treatment lags among patients with co-occurring conditions

Sesame Street webinar series: Never too early to talk addiction with kids


Winnipeg notes massive rise in opioid overdoses in first six months of year


Illicit pot still dominates in Canada after two legal years


In Connecticut fatal drug overdoses jumped in the first half of 2020


Sacramento-area authorities cite dangers of fentanyl-laced pills


Rise in fatal drug overdoses in D.C. region likely tied to pandemic, officials say


​Your in-laws' history of drinking problems could lead to alcohol issues of your own


​American Medical Association calls on Maryland and other states to act on increase in opioid overdoses


Iowa residents wanted of fake Adderall containing methamphetamine


'A pandemic upon an epidemic.' Syringe services struggle to provide care to those battling drug addiction amid COVID-19


​An old, dangerous drug has made a comeback with a new generation of users


Introducing the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) at the University of Florida


​AMA: Prescription opioids eclipsed by illicit drugs in US overdose epidemic

Read the AMA report here


​US border officials are seizing more meth, showing how the coronavirus is changing the drug market


Two new street drugs contributed to 15 deaths in DuPage County (Illinois), coroner says

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Flualprazolam: Report of an outbreak of a new psychoactive substance in adolescents

What are flualprazolam and isotonitazene?


​New study shows pregnant women face barriers to accessing opioid addiction treatment


FDA makes series of recommendations on naloxone


Open your mind: The therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs


Researchers to study real-life use of psilocybin


NIH establishes network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings


Pets and marijuana: A possible poisoning, even if unintentional


One in 20 American adults are 'heavy drinkers,' CDC says


Cannabis still lacks ‘real data’ to clarify role in rheumatology


Cannabinoid/CBD drug-drug interactions


​How to use motivational interviewing to improve addiction care


Men urged to limit alcohol to one drink a day amid new concerns


Most popular painkillers may be slowly making some users deaf


Wine coolers a ‘gateway drug’ to alcoholic behavior, researchers warn


Fatal overdoses often mistaken for cardiac arrest


West Virginia University researcher to study fentanyl test strips as an opioid overdose prevention strategy


Eastern Washington police warn of fentanyl packaged in pill form


​You can start drug addiction treatment over the phone—and thanks to COVID, more people are starting to​


Americans are drinking more during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how much alcohol is too much?


Researchers experimenting with psychedelics to treat addiction, depression and anxiety


Male-dominated clinical trials have led to dangerously overmedicated women


Study: Pot Use Doesn't Compromise Weight Loss Surgery

But other findings suggest users could benefit from psych counseling


Health Canada issues advisory as kids hospitalized after eating illegal edible cannabis


​Is the cannabis entourage effect real?


How COVID-19 is driving risks in the illicit benzodiazepines market


AMA: Opioid prescriptions down, illicit drug use up


Two brain regions linked to nicotine use disorder


​Online treatment, virtual check-ins: dealing with addiction in a pandemic


​New York Governor Cuomo announces nearly $1 million to expand mobile addiction treatment services


Feds report surge of counterfeit pills in Minnesota


T​o stop deadly overdoses, 'The Opioid Fix' urges better use of tools we already have


Opioid deaths are surging in the pandemic. Here’s how treatment is adapting


Fact Sheet: SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2 Revised Rule


Americans smoking more during pandemic, Marlboro maker says


During pandemic, Maryland’s drug treatment clinics grapple with health safety issues, rising caseloads


Officials in British Columbia warn of cocaine with "very high concentrations" of fentanyl


Cannabis shows potential to help and harm in Coronavirus cases: Experts explain why


DEA: Fake pills from Mexico flooding black market


August has been a deadly month in Virginia for opioid overdoses


Study: Methadone dosing needs to be more precise


​Vaping linked to COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults, study finds


​Illicit opioid deaths on the rise, in spite of doctors working against overdoses: report


Kids exposed to cannabis in utero may face higher risk of autism


We have the power to demand action on mental health and addiction


​How the pandemic is affecting people struggling with addiction


How patients’ trauma perpetuates the nation’s overdose epidemic


America's invisible pot addicts


​Employers must accommodate some workers’ opioid use and treatment


​Fatty liver disease – which often goes undiagnosed — increases risk for severe COVID-19, experts say


Is it illegal to drink your own alcohol on an airplane?


Congress: Pass the MAT Act to save lives


U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Grassley introduce bill to confront rising threat of methamphetamine


​Novel opioid gets FDA nod


​A new study shows more Americans are dropping acid. Why?


Arkansas communities fight battle against fentanyl disguised as Xanax and hydrocodone


Fentanyl laced with etizolam confirmed in Alberta, Canada

What is etizolam?

Read about this and other drugs here


Deadlier drug mix deepens crisis in British Columbia; naloxone not effective against new substances


​Missouri's opioid crisis receives three million in grant funding


Veterinary anti-worming agent levamisole once again showing up as a cut in cocaine


Johns Hopkins study finds drug overdoses linked to PTSD 


Three Las Vegas dispensaries under investigation for selling tainted 'Cherry OG' marijuana


West Virginia program promotes outdoor play as substance use deterrent


Parents’ marijuana use may increase children’s risk of use and favorable views of the drug


Illinois recreational marijuana sales reached almost $61 million in July, setting a record for the third month in a row


Pandemic can worsen odds for people recovering from addiction


FDA approves a nasal spray to treat suicidal patients


Fentanyl overdoses on the rise in the Denver metro area


​Weed is not good for your heart, studies say


The Surgeon General reemphasizes his support of syringe services programs


Can community members deliver naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses?


Experts explain what happens in your brain when you take psilocybin mushrooms


​Canada grants first legal exemptions for psilocybin use in 50 years


Study: 60% of residential programs offer no medications for OUD

Read the study in JAMA Psychiatryhere


Ease up on cannabis restrictions, heart group urges


Using telehealth to treat opioid addiction 


Southwest flight attendants speaking up about carry-on alcohol


​Researchers create app that alerts naloxone-trained volunteers to overdoses


Coping with co-morbid mental illness and substance use problems


Substance use is still prevalent among truck drivers


​​Telehealth can be a lifeline for patients with substance use disorders. Is it enough?


Trauma can't be shut down in  addiction treatment


Australian rehab clinics overwhelmed as waiting lists balloon during pandemic


​Iowa pharmacies offer free NARCAN®


​13 overdose deaths in Yukon so far this year is double last year's toll


How the pandemic is complicating America’s addiction crisis​​


Stigma vs science: Cannabis in the NBA


Prescription scams add to opioid crisis in Detroit


Nevada officials blame COVID-19 lockdown for surge in opioid abuse


The pandemic has changed addiction treatment, and some hope the changes last​​


​States scramble to deal with the compounding COVID and opioid epidemic


CBD shows promise for patients with Cannabis Use Disorder


​Fentanyl contributes to a rising death toll in Southern Nevada


Buffalo, NY spike in overdose deaths attributed to cocaine users


Which to choose: Pure CBD extracts or cannabis-derived CBD with some THC? 


Addiction recovery coaches help create unique action plans


​Budweiser's new beer is missing a key ingredient: Alcohol


Alcohol use and domestic violence


Association between methamphetamine use and emergency department outcomes

Technology-based CBT provides innovative options for SUD treatment


Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts to provide six  grants to respond to increased risks faced by individuals with OUD during the pandemic.

Year-old program in Cincinnati has helped mothers and children impacted by substance use thrive

In Las Vegas area fentanyl overdose deaths exceed prescription overdose deaths for first time


​Alcohol abuse may raise risk of death in patients with abnormal heart rhythms


​Purdue, Ivy Tech pair to offer new addiction studies concentration


​Prenatal methamphetamine exposure and adverse neonatal outcomes: A nationwide cohort study


I wasn't really that bad- When is it time to stop drinking?


The hidden  deaths of the COVID-19 pandemic


Pennsylvania hospital emergency department participating in NIH opioid recovery study


Children's Hospital Colorado Introduces Pediatric Medical Marijuana Policy


​How does rising global drug use affect the United States?​


Marijuana legalizations may not be a blue issue


Delaware plans another naloxone giveaway this week


FDA requiring labeling changes for opioid medications


As overdoses spike during coronavirus, treating addiction in prisons and jails Is a matter of life and death


Cannabis lowers self reported headaches by nearly 50 percent


Indiana University medical school receives $4 million grant to train addiction psychiatrists


​Online deliveries of cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy in Scotland rise during the lockdown


Fentanyl is back on the streets in Denver and it's killing more people


Pennsylvania announces two new prescribing guidelines as part of efforts to address substance use crisis


Ketamine may help treat MS-related fatigue, small pilot trial suggests


Magic mushrooms and the future of psychology


FDA says opioid labels must include information about naloxone​​


AMA report shows evolving, deadlier overdose epidemic


What impact is Coronavirus having on gambling?


Medical marijuana dispensaries are marketing false cures for opioid use disorder 


The brain’s immune cells may promote alcohol use problems​


Unfortunately, ex-smokers still face increased health risks


Only 29% of addiction treatment centers store records only electronically


Opioid overdoses have skyrocketed, but states are slashing addiction treatment program budgets 


Fatal overdoses climbed to record high in 2019, reversing historic progress​


Wisconsin opioid overdoses more than double during pandemic​


Legal marijuana may be slowing reductions in teen marijuana use, study says​


Is psychiatry shrinking what's considered normal?


Pseudo-science and the need for a better solution


Should we be drinking less?


Psychedelic research and the need for transparency: Polishing Alice's looking glass


​Pandemic drives up alcohol use across America, RTI survey finds​


Does alcohol make you 'poop'?​


Cartoons still common in online E-cig marketing
— Instagram search identified more than 100 vape liquid companies using cartoon images


California weighs steep new fines to combat illegal cannabis sellers


NY Survey: More people affected by the opioid crisis than 2 years ago​​


Opioid overdose death skyrocket in wake of pandemic; stronger drugs, scare treatment blamed


Methamphetamine found in 'purple fentanyl' sample in Canada


​U.S. sanctions four China-based individuals, firm over fentanyl


​Is it time to consider using medical marijuana?


​Expanding methadone maintenance to pharmacies may reduce driving times, increase access

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Comparison of driving times to opioid treatment programs and pharmacies in the US


Toronto Public Health warning of high number of suspected opioid deaths


​American LSD use up 56% since 2017


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Erase memories to help treat substance use disorders?


Pregnancy warning on alcoholic beverages mandatory in Australia and New Zealand within three years



​Many private post-acute care facilities explicitly discriminate patients with substance use disorder


“Father of Cannabis Research” identifies EPM301, a cannabis substance stronger than THC or CBD


In the shadows of the pandemic U.S. drug overdose rates resurge to record


Perspectives on cannabis research—Barriers and recommendations


Use of ketamine for a non-medical purpose: Statement from the American Society of Anesthesiologists


CDC: 1 in 10 Americans takes a prescription painkiller


CDC: About 71,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019​​


​FDA finds inconsistent levels of CBD, and THC presence, in hemp-derived CBD products


Higher than expected: Illinois' June cannabis sales of $52.8 millions are double what state projected 


SAMHSA revises 42 CFR Part 2


Harvard study compares the costs and benefits of esketamine for depression


Cook County (IL) officials sound the alarm on rising opioid OD deaths


Iowa launches free naloxone initiative in pharmacies


​​Colorado cannabis sales top $192 million in June 


University of Minnesota awarded $9.9 million by NIDA to study how addiction affects the brain


What beer sales tell us about the recession


 ASAM commissions a chronicle of addiction medicine


​Bill could make remote addiction treatment permanent


​Cost-effectiveness of esketamine for depression

Read the abstract here in Psychiatric Services


​Ketamine for depression still too expensive for widespread use


​Marijuana concentrates spike THC levels but don't boost impairment


Use of electronic cigarettes associated with other drug use among youth.


1 in 3 young adults vulnerable to severe Covid-19 — and smoking plays a big part, research finds


MDMA: It's not just about the dose, but how you divide it (or not)


Neuroimaging study links 'addictive' smartphone use to altered brain activity

Read the abstract here in ​Addictive Behaviors


California creates first of kind cannabis appellation program


OMB completes review of FDA’s Cannabis Research Draft Guide


Biden-Sanders task force does not recommend legalizing marijuana 


Kansas City won’t punish marijuana possession after council strips it from city code


Center on Addiction changes it's name to Partnership to End Addiction

Click here to go to their website


Oregon residents will vote on psilocybin legalization in November


Click-Learning in recovery


Why willpower may not work for lasting change


​High percentage of amphetamine use found in opioid ED cases


University of Florida named coordinating center for national drug abuse surveillance system


​Pandemic unleashes a spike in overdose deaths


Coronavirus crisis disrupts treatment for another epidemic: Addiction


Chronic use of synthetic cannabinoids associated with impairment in working memory and mental flexibility


Drug overdose deaths surge during pandemic


Coronavirus crisis disrupts treatment for another epidemic: Addiction


Marijuana use during pregnancy linked to children's sleep problems, even a decade later 


The endocannabinoid system: How cannabis interacts with the body

Read the abstract here in Sleep Health


American Cancer Society update: 'It is best not to drink alcohol


Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Harvard professor and noted addiction researcher, die at 92


Study advances understanding of brain connectivity in cannabis users


Dutch Minister states that the government will focus on prevention and treatment of gaming addiction


If smoking results in COPD, why hasn't the incidence gone down?


​Nitrous oxide being trialed to treat depression, PTSD and alcoholism


Psilocybin could help ex-soldiers to overcome trauma


Unless it’s done carefully, the rise of telehealth could widen health disparities


​How are different types of medical cannabis working for different diseases?


How racism fuels the fentanyl crisis in America


​Early marriage may lead to unsafe drinking behavior by those with higher genetic risk


​Italian police seize over $1 billion of 'ISIS-made' Captagon amphetamines

Related story

What is the drug Captagon and how is it linked to the Islamic State group and a drug bust in Italy?

​See our Captagon fact sheet 


DEA: There's a black market for marijuana


Marijuana may be risky for your heart

Read the abstract here in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology 


Augmented esketamine nasal spray therapy effective for major depressive disorder


Kicking the habit: The opioid crisis and America's addiction to prohibition 


How are we going to keep people alive?' Behind the pandemic, overdoses are rising across West Virginia


Opioid dependency is part of our relationship but doesn't define it


Chronic prescription opioid use predicts stabilization on buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder


Georgia health ch​ief warns of drug overdose increase during pandemic


Shifting the paradigm on cannabis safety


​The FBI called a powerful opioid developed for the military a public threat. The company selling the drug says it'll save lives.


Federal government approves methadone deliveries during pandemic


How attorneys can help as addiction cases rise during the pandemic


U.S. Navy warns of increase in personnel taking LSD


Phytochemical profile of cannabis plant: A review


3 New Mexico deaths from drinking hand sanitizer


Drop in coca crops, but increase in Colombian cocaine


With 40,000 Americans incarcerated for marijuana offenses, the cannabis industry needs to step ip, activists said this week


Brain plasticity in drug addiction: Burden and benefit


How the rise of telemedicine is helping fight the opioid crisis


​Florida bans bar alcohol consumption as coronavirus spikes​


Methamphetamine can ferry other drugs across the blood-brain barrier


A pill to fight alcoholism causes an uproar in France


Among people facing food insecurity, researchers find a hidden health issue: eating disorders


Why people using opioids for chronic pain shouldn't stop 'cold turkey'

​Read the Health and Human Services guidelines here


Why more states could legalize cannabis in 2021


Alberta to continue funding Virtual Opioid Dependency Program


Don't relapse now!


Youth drawn to e-cigarette products, despite higher risks


​How to reignite the fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic


Psychiatrist explores possible benefits of treating PTSD with MDMA or cannabis


Cannabis study suggests that women need less THC to get the same effect as men


The body show: What about the opioid crisis?


​Incarcerated people need health coverage to help stop drug overdose—and stem COVID-19 spread


​The opioid crisis continues — here's what we need to do


Uptick in buprenorphine use for OUD likely attributed to NP, PA prescribing habits


The beneficial effects of cannabis on PTSD are short lived


Alcoholics Anonymous, struggling to reach new members during the shutdown, expects a surge


Preventing opioid misuse and addiction: New thinking and the latest evidence


​As suicide, addiction death projections soar amid COVID-19, treatment centers struggle to stay alive too


Why the war on cocaine still isn't working


Opioids in America: Then and now


Opioid dependence after heart surgery linked to amount initially prescribed


Is it healthier to smoke weed or drink alcohol?


Study finds evidence that loneliness makes it harder to quit smoking


Broad support in Australia and New Zealand for alcohol pregnancy warning labels


Neuroimaging suggests resilience to drug addiction may come from better control over compulsive behaviors


Disordered eating in a disordered time


​​Beliefs about cannabis influence older adults' choice of treatments for chronic pain


Louisiana widening access to medical marijuana under new law


Colombia's potential cocaine output up 1.5% in 2019, says U.N. drug agency


The meth problem starting to show once again


Airlines are axing alcoholic drinks amid COVID-19


NIDA researchers adapt their projects to study COVID-19 

(NIDA Director's blog)


Stronger brain circuit connectivity may predict nicotine dependence severity


New synthetic cannabinoid compound in Canadian heroin supply amid surging fatal ODs


Researchers flush out worrying trend of designer drug use


Addressing the stigma of addiction


Pandemic creates challenges, new opportunities for treating patients with substance use disorders


Researchers face hurdles in examining COVID-19 racial disparities


A new addiction crisis: Treatment centers face financial collapse


Opioid use and drug safety during COVID-19 (Recorded Facebook session with NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow)  


DEA placed synthetic cathinone ethylone in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act


A hidden change in the CARES Act undermines privacy for addiction patients


Screening for drug use in primary care (JAMA Network full article)


The coronavirus has gutted the price of coca. It could reshape the cocaine trade.


​​Increase in methamphetamine case in New Hampshire crime lab a further indicator of increased stimulant use


Fentanyl tops list of drugs found in Baltimore OD patients


New molecule stops drug craving in mice with fewer side effects


COVID-19 pandemic leading to surge in overdose deaths in Chicago and beyond


South Carolina: 'We were already in an epidemic’: How coronavirus has impacted addiction recovery


Revisions to Joint Commission’s standards for SUD programs go into effect July 1.

Read the regulations here


LGBTQ older adults at higher risk for substance use disorders


Young college women more likely than men to exhibit alcoholism

​Read the abstract in Trends in Neuroscience and Education here


Racism and substance addiction

A message from the CEO, Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the Center on Addiction


Kentucky officials: Tainted "Xanax" overdoses still climbing


​Breakthrough psilocybin study uncovers neurochemical origins of human ego


Antidepressant Zoloft falls into shortage as virus strains supplies


Putting workplace drug and alcohol testing in the spotlight


Finding 850K worth of cocaine in a car you just bought is definitely surprising


Understanding the genetics of alcoholism: 29 gene variants identified 

Read the abstract here in Nature Neuroscience


Adulterants, contaminants and co-occurring substances in drugs on the illegal market in Canada 


Fatal opioid overdoses may be more common than thought


Any level of drinking or smoking while pregnant may affect your newborn's brain development, study says


Drug overdoses climb during COVID-19 pandemic



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