Last update:

Addiction news

Medications

Naltrexone use decreases the risk of hospitalization in persons with alcohol use disorder

Naltrexone, used either alone or together with disulfiram or acamprosate, is associated with a decreased risk of hospitalization due to alcohol use disorder (AUD) when compared with non-use of AUD drugs, a new register-based ...

Health

A quarter of adults reported drinking more during first lockdown

A quarter of people in the UK reported drinking more than usual during the first lockdown, particularly those who were younger, female and suffering from anxiety, finds a study by UCL researchers.

Health

A good time to quit: Smoking and vaping amid COVID-19

As COVID-19 infections continue to rise and cold and flu season take hold, physicians are adamantly advising patients to do all they can to remain healthy—including not smoking or vaping.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Few OB-GYNs can prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use

(HealthDay)—Fewer than 2 percent of obstetrician-gynecologists who accept Medicaid are able to prescribe buprenorphine, according to a study published online Dec. 11 in JAMA Network Open.

Addiction

CDC records highest-ever drug deaths in a 12-month period

Between May 2019 and May 2020, 81,230 Americans died of drug overdoses—the highest number of drug deaths ever recorded in a 12-month span, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Medications

Buprenorphine prescription fills for OUD plateau during pandemic

(HealthDay)—The number of individuals filling buprenorphine prescriptions for opioid use disorder (OUD) has plateaued but not decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a research letter published online Dec. ...

Addiction

US sues Walmart over opioid crisis

The US Justice Department sued Walmart over its role in the opioid crisis on Tuesday, alleging the giant retailer wrongly filled prescriptions and worsened a public health disaster.

Health

One in three adults drank more alcohol during first lockdown

COVID-19 and lockdown measures drove some individuals more than others to use alcohol to cope with stress, a new study has revealed. While overall alcohol consumption appeared to fall, a study published in BMJ Open found ...

Health

A community-level intervention reduces alcohol-related crashes

New research from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation shows that a community-level alcohol intervention in California resulted in a 17% reduction in alcohol-involved crashes ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

U.S. drug overdose deaths reach record highs

The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths reached a record high as the coronavirus pandemic held the country in its grip last spring, new government data shows.

Medications

Outpatient buprenorphine dispensing up during COVID-19

(HealthDay)—In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increase in the number of patients receiving an outpatient buprenorphine prescription in Texas, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 15 ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How hope can make you happier with your lot

Having hope for the future could protect people from risky behaviors such as drinking and gambling—according to new research from the University of East Anglia. The researchers studied "relative deprivation"—the feeling ...

Addiction

COVID-19 cuts into college students' drinking

When college campuses closed in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the quantity of alcohol consumed by students decreased significantly if they went from living with peers to living with parents, according to a new ...

Addiction

Drug-related deaths in Scotland reach record high

Drug-related deaths in Scotland, regularly the worst country in Europe for fatalities from substance abuse, have hit a record high, according to government figures released on Tuesday.

Psychology & Psychiatry

5 strategies to reduce addiction-like behaviors over the holidays

With the pressures of the holiday season, rising COVID-19 rates and the resulting social isolation from friends and family, people can easily fall into addictive or excessive behaviors. These are behaviors that are sometimes ...

Addiction

Changes in drinking contexts: Adolescents' nightly alcohol use

New research from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation and the Illinois State University examines changes in adolescent drinking over the course of the evening and finds that: