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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


​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


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

Related article

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

Previous 2020 Stories

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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