Substance-related Disorders

Investigational Fentanyl Vaccine Could Block the Opioid from the Brain
November 15, 2022

A vaccine against fentanyl could stop the intense euphoria the drug creates and also block dangerous physiologic responses like respiratory depression, a new study suggests.

Gabapentin and US Overdose Deaths: 10 Questions
October 21, 2022

Gabapentin-involved overdose deaths doubled in Q2 2020 compared to Q1 2019, the CDC reports. What do you know, and maybe not know, about the troubling trend?

Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care is Essential: Call to Action from Leading Physician Groups
July 12, 2022

The ACP and AAFP along with 6 other professional groups say the current system is failing US mental health needs and it's time to make changes.

Detox, Withdrawal, Rehab, Relapse: The Experience of Heavy Drinkers
May 02, 2022

Approximately one-third of survey respondents with AUD relapsed within 1 year of stopping. Find a profile here of the experience of recovery from those who are trying.

Heavy Drinkers Report Impact of Alcohol Use: The Recovery Village Survey Highlights
April 26, 2022

More than one-third of survey respondents began drinking before age 15; the heaviest drinkers had double the risk for cirrhosis, CVD, pancreatitis, and neuropathy.

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Not Prescribed for Majority of Americans in Need
March 29, 2022

A new study of more than 2 million US adults and adolescents who could benefit from medication for OUD reveals only 1 in 4 reported past-year use.

After COVID-19, Risk Increases for Wide Range of Mental Health Disorders
February 18, 2022

Among persons who survived COVID-19, a new study found a 60% increased risk for any new mental health diagnosis during the year following infection.

Physician Mental Health Care Visits Ticked Up Significantly During First Year of Pandemic
January 26, 2022

Family physicians and psychiatrists were the specialties with the greatest number of visits, according to study authors.

Samoon Ahmad, MD, Discusses His New Book, "Coping with COVID-19: The Mental, Medical, and Social Consequences of the Pandemic"
January 25, 2022

Dr Ahmad's book explores in depth the complex long-term consequences of COVID-19 for medicine, mental health, and social conventions.

US Drug Overdose Deaths Pass 100 000 in 12 Months for the First Time
November 19, 2021

The 100 000 drug overdose deaths in the US recorded for the period ended April 2021 paint a dire behind-the-scenes picture of life during COVID-19.