Addiction Research & Reports
For over 25 years, Center on Addiction has conducted national surveys of teens with the goal of helping parents better understand the experiences, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of their adolescent children in relation to nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs.
In a 2016 report, we examined each state’s 2017 Essential Health Benefit (EHB) Benchmark Plan – the insurance plans selected by each state to determine which addiction benefits must be covered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Plans sold in that state. In this report, we build on this study by reviewing a national sample of commercial plans modeled on the 2017 EHB Benchmark Plans and sold to consumers on state and federal marketplaces in that same year.
This report offers concrete recommendations for parents and other caregivers, health care professionals, policymakers, industry, and researchers to ensure that the growing availability of addictive products is met with an effective response that will protect the youngest victims of substance use and addiction.
Although the opioid epidemic is a national issue, states shoulder the majority of the financial and social burden caused by addiction. Fortunately, there are many actions that states can take to effectively address the opioid epidemic and the larger public health crisis of addiction.
This report summarizes research findings regarding the types of non-cigarette nicotine products that are available, their relative risks and benefits, the prevalence of their use, and the groups most likely to use them. It also features an extensive set of recommendations for policymakers, health care providers, and researchers.
This major report reviews the addiction benefits offered in the 2017 Essential Health Benefits benchmark plans and reveals that across the U.S., insurance plans are not covering the necessary services for people with addiction
This paper presents a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on food addiction, describing its characterizing symptoms, risk factors and underlying neurobiological characteristics, and how these features overlap with those of obesity, eating disorders and substance addiction.
This guide helps policymakers understand the effects of addiction and risky substance use and know how to respond. It offers information and recommendations of unprecedented breadth and depth for improving how policymakers working in all levels of government and in the health care, education, justice and social services systems can prevent and reduce addiction and risky substance use in the U.S.
This paper summarizes the evidence regarding the prevalence and correlates of nicotine use and addiction, the effects of nicotine on the brain and body, the risk factors for nicotine addiction and the groups most at risk, current prevention and treatment efforts, and the implications of this research for policy and practice.
Time to Ban Menthol summarizes the evidence for the role of menthol in increasing the risk of smoking initiation and addiction involving nicotine and decreasing smokers’ chances of successfully quitting. It demonstrates how menthol is disproportionately marketed to and favored by young people, blacks and women. The addition of menthol to tobacco products serves one purpose only: to promote and perpetuate use of these dangerous substances by making them more palatable and easing users down the path to addiction. This paper calls on the Food and Drug Administration to use this evidence to exercise the authority granted by Congress and completely ban menthol additives from all cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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