March 29th 2023
Narcan naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray 4 mg is expected to be available in-store and online by the late summer.
March 14th 2023
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March 13th 2023
Screening rates for e-cigarette use in primary care were almost two-thirds lower than those for combustible tobacco, alcohol, and illicit substances, according to new data.
March 7th 2023
About 60% of dual vapers experienced depression and 52% experienced anxiety, according to findings from a survey of over 2500 youth and young adults.
February 28th 2023
An experimental program shows promise for better integration of screening for and treating alcohol use disorder into primary care practice.
US Teen Substance Use in 2021: A True/False Quiz
How many high school students report current alcohol use? Are boys more likely than girls to use marijuana? Answers and more in our 5-question quiz.
US Teen Substance Use in 2021: By the Numbers
Substance use among teenagers decreased for some substances from 2011 to 2021, but there is still progress to be made, according to the latest CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Food Addiction: The Influence of Big Tobacco Plus Thoughts on a Role for Weight Management Drugs
Food addiction researcher Ashley Gearhardt, PhD, links survey data on addictive behavior in older adults to the dawn of aggressive food marketing.
When is a Nacho Like Cocaine? Author of the Yale Food Addiction Scale Explains
Food addiction researcher Ashley Gearhardt, PhD, highlights the criteria for substance addiction she has found apply equally to alcohol, cocaine, and highly processed foods.
Food Addiction Affects 1 in 8 Americans Over Age 50 Years: New Poll Findings
Intense craving for highly processed foods was so strong at least once a week for 24% of poll respondents that they couldn’t think of anything else.
Daily Dose: Pediatric Cannabis Poisoning Surges
FDA Grants Priority Review to sNDA for OTC Intranasal Naloxone HCl
The Agency's priority review of the prescription-OTC switch underscores the urgent need for broader access to the opioid overdose reversal agent.
Drug Overdose Deaths Reach Record High among Pregnant, Postpartum Women in US
Drug overdose deaths increased approximately 81% among pregnant and postpartum women in the US from 2017 to 2020, according to new research.
Daily Dose: Benzodiazepines for Sleep Disorders Linked to Increased Risk for Drug Overdose among Youth
Benzodiazepines for Sleep Disorders Linked to Increased Risk for Drug Overdose among Youth
New findings suggest that the elevated risk of overdose with benzodiazepine use for sleep disorders is a critical safety consideration when treating young people.
Daily Dose: Investigational Fentanyl Vaccine
Investigational Fentanyl Vaccine Could Block the Opioid from the Brain
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
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?
Former Smokers who Adhere to Healthy Lifestyle Lower Their Risk of Early Death, Large Analysis Finds
An analysis of over 159 000 former smokers found that those who adhered to lifestyle recommendations lowered their risk of premature death by over 25%.
US Drug Overdose Deaths 2019-2020: 5 Findings on Striking Health Disparities
Drug overdose deaths increased approximately 30% between 2019 and 2020, likely driven by fentanyl and COVID-19 pandemic, according to new CDC report.
FDA Orders Juul Labs to Remove all Products from US Market, Denies Marketing Authorization
The FDA today denied Juul Labs' premarket tobacco product applications and ordered all products removed from shelves nationwide, ending a 2-year review.
Detox, Withdrawal, Rehab, Relapse: The Experience of Heavy Drinkers
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.
Study: State Laws Intended to Reduce Opioid Prescribing had Little Impact on Prescribing Practices
Study addresses the concern that state opioid prescription laws may lead to some chronic pain patients missing out on critical pain treatment.
Heavy Drinkers Report Impact of Alcohol Use: The Recovery Village Survey Highlights
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.
FDA Considers "Return Envelope" Strategy to Improve Safe Opioid Disposal
A nondescript, postage-paid envelope accompanying an opioid prescription, and patient education on discarding unused tablets are proposed.
Smoking Cessation as Effective as 3 Meds in Secondary CVD Prevention: 5 Event-free Years
Persons with ASCVD who quit smoking could gain 5 more years of life--similar to the outcome of intensive medical treatment while continuing to smoke.
Medication for Opioid Use Disorder Not Prescribed for Majority of Americans in Need
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.
Tobacco Product Use among US Adults: Update on Latest CDC Data
US adults smoked less cigarettes in 2020 than in 2019, but a diverse landscape of tobacco product use persists, according to latest findings released by the CDC.
CDC: US Adult Tobacco Product Use is Down, but More Work is Needed
In 2020, 19% of US adults used at least 1 tobacco product, a decline from 20.8% in 2019, according to new data released by the CDC.
Even Modest Alcohol Consumption Found Linked to Decreases in Brain Volume
Increasing alcohol intake from 1 to 2 drinks per day was associated with brain changes equivalent to aging 2 years, according to a study of more than 36 000.
Moderate Wine Intake with Food May Help Decrease T2D Risk in Adults
Moderate consumption of alcohol with food was significantly associated with a 14% lower risk of type 2 diabetes in a preliminary analysis.
Physician Mental Health Care Visits Ticked Up Significantly During First Year of Pandemic
Family physicians and psychiatrists were the specialties with the greatest number of visits, according to study authors.
Marijuana Risks and Benefits: What do US Adults Believe?
The perception of marijuana's risks and benefits may be changing within the US adult population. Are you up to date?
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