Substance Abuse, Addiction & Deterrence

Mandatory opioid tapers could sometimes do more harm than good, international medical experts warn in an open letter to health authorities.


A decline in the growth rate of drug overdose deaths in 2017 certainly doesn't offer enough cause for celebration, says the deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

NEW YORK—Screening and brief behavioral-counseling interventions in primary-care settings can reduce unhealthy alcohol use in adults, according to an updated recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

The opening keynote talk at the National Cocaine, Meth & Stimulant Summit offered a rich history of changed thinking regarding cocaine, once labeled “the champagne of drugs” and now statistically the second deadliest illegal substance.

As concerns about stimulant dependence re-emerge in the consciousness of addiction professionals, murmurs about the absence of approved medication treatments grow into a collective roar.

Even as alcohol and tobacco use continue to decline among pregnant women in the U.S., a new study offers fresh evidence that more American mothers are using cannabis during pregnancy.