KAREN

Karen

After a few years working at the Narconon center in Oklahoma, Karen has been researching drug trends around the world and writing reports and articles on addiction and recovery for seven years.


Karen in Book review
April 18, 2018

Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire

This new book from journalist Kevin Deutsch tells a tragic tale of utter and heartless disregard for human life. In heartlessness if not in scale, it rivals stories of war atrocities in Germany or Russia. But in this case, the story took place in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Karen in Fentanyl
April 10, 2018

Fentanyl and Amnesia: Yet Another Dangerous Result of Addiction

Being addicted to an opioid is bad enough. There’s the risk of overdose and withdrawal sickness is always a threat. Now, add amnesia to the list of problems that can result from overdosing on fentanyl.

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Karen in Marijuana
April 10, 2018

Marijuana and Children: Household Pot Use Can Result in Detectible Levels of THC in Kids

How many marijuana-using parents think their children might test positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)? Through use by pregnant or nursing women, exposure to secondhand smoke or from picking up edibles around the house, children can be exposed to plenty of THC—and the drug may not be so quick to be eliminated from their bodies.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
April 5, 2018

The Ever-Changing World of Deadly Drugs and Addiction

In the world of drug use and addiction, only one thing is certain: This world will never stop changing. New drugs will appear and old ones will fade away. Supply and demand will ebb and flow. The only way to stay safe and protect your family is to stay aware of the changes that might affect your loved ones.

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Karen in Opioids
April 4, 2018

Dental Association Joins Fight Against Opioid Epidemic, Guess They Finally Got the Memo

Another major national organization has just joined the fight against America’s opioid epidemic. The American Dental Association advised its members on the steps they should take so their patients are not exposed to opioid painkillers, reducing the chance of future addiction.

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Karen in Synthetic marijuana
April 3, 2018

Rat Poison and Synthetic Marijuana—A Bloody Mess

Anyone using synthetic drugs is running an incredible risk because there’s no telling what chemicals—deadly or otherwise—those drugs will contain. In Illinois, dozens of unlucky people began bleeding from eyes, noses, mouths and other parts of the body after their synthetics were spiked with rat poison.

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Karen in Alcohol
March 28, 2018

This is Your Brain on Alcohol and It’s Not Pretty

You may remember a drug prevention public service announcement from the 1980s, “This is Your Brain on Drugs.” A new study makes it clear that it’s not just drugs that can have a serious damaging effect on your brain. It’s also alcohol.

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Karen in Drug Prevention
March 25, 2018

Chris Herren’s Unique Way of Explaining the First Day of Addiction

Former NBA player Chris Herren has developed a unique and convincing way of showing high school students how easy it would be to get started on the road to addiction just like he did.

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Karen in Drug Rehab
March 21, 2018

Can a Smart Phone App Aid in Addiction Recovery?

One of the newest wrinkles in recovery from addiction is an application called Reset. Anyone can download the app but only a person who’s working with a doctor on addiction recovery can open it and work with it. Does a digital app really have the potential to help a person recover from addiction?

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Karen in Alcohol
March 21, 2018

“Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities” — Realistic or Overly Optimistic?

When people talk about reducing the harm done by alcohol or drugs, there always seems to an assumption that some people are always going to use these substances harmfully. No matter what you do, some people will die in the driver’s seat after leaving the bar or some young people will accidentally overdose on painkillers. That’s why I found it so refreshing that one group is on a mission to reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths to zero.

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