When addiction and COVID-19 collide

The coronavirus outbreak could worsen America’s substance use crisis. USC addiction expert Adam Leventhal explains why it matters to all of us. (Originally posted at Trojan Family Magazine.) By Eric Lindberg Odds are about 50-50 that you know someone who’s been addicted to drugs, at least if you’re in the U.S. And now may be a particularly tough […]

Nearly half of teens who vape say they want to quit

A new USC study finds an urgent need for vaping cessation programs similar to those aimed at kids who smoke cigarettes. Behind the headlines about skyrocketing rates of vaping among teens is another troubling story: young vapers who want to quit but can’t. A national survey of 14,798 young people, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, found […]

Watch ‘The Intersection of Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Addiction’

On Thursday at 1 p.m., join Adam Leventhal, PhD, Director of the USC Institute for Addiction Science, and Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, PhD, Senior Fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center, for a discussion, “The Intersection of Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Addiction.” Their guest will be the 16th Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD. […]

Keck School’s Bluthenthal quoted in NYT story on rising overdose deaths

Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and Associate Dean for Social Justice, was quoted in a July 15 story in The New York Times on the rising number of drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. OD deaths fell for the first time in a quarter-century in 2018 but surged 5 percent last year. Nearly 72,000 Americans died from […]

In defense of needle exchange programs

Ricky Bluthenthal, professor of preventive medicine at Keck School of Medicine of USC, is defending needle exchange programs as they face closure in various U.S. cities. The programs offer clean needles in exchange for old ones to lower the risk of HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks among drug users. Some cities, including Charleston, West Virginia, […]

Opioid epidemic may be driving illicit drug users to use needles sooner

Injection comes more quickly to those born in the ’80s and ’90s, increasing their risk of HIV, mental health disorders, overdose and early death Abuse of prescription painkillers may be driving a new phenomenon: users of illicit drugs turning to needles sooner than they used to, a new USC-led study suggests. “The prescription opioid epidemic […]

New book explores substance and behavioral addictions

A new book by Steven Sussman, PhD, USC professor of preventive medicine, psychology and social work, takes a broad, multidisciplinary look at addiction. “Substance and Behavioral Addictions: Concepts, Causes, and Cures” focuses on two categories of addiction, substance (tobacco, alcohol, other drugs and food) and behavioral (gambling, electronic media, love, sex, shopping, exercise and work). […]

USC public health article among JAMA’s most talked-about in 2016

Among the most popular articles medical journal JAMA published in 2016 is a study on e-cigarette vaping co-authored by a Department of Preventive Medicine researcher at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Association of e-Cigarette Vaping and Progression to Heavier Patterns of Cigarette Smoking,” co-authored by Adam Leventhal, director of the USC Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory, […]