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. […]

Adam Leventhal appointed to FDA committee on tobacco products

Adam Leventhal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and psychology and director of the USC Institute for Addiction Science and Health, Emotion & Addiction Laboratory (HEAL), has been appointed to the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. Leventhal’s term began May 15 and continues through Jan. 31, 2024. According to the FDA, the committee advises the commissioner on tobacco-regulation […]

USC study implicates flavored e-cigs in teen vaping epidemic

Researchers found that 64% of teens using flavored e-cigs were still vaping six months later, compared to 43% who used more traditional flavors. A new study has found that teens who vape candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to stick with the habit and vape more heavily, implicating flavors in the teen vaping epidemic. […]