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 Drug Rehab
March 26, 2017

Suboxone: A Doubtful Path Out of Addiction

As the heroin and painkiller abuse epidemic has spread across America, it’s been followed by a concerted effort to increase availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment for the addicted. Is this really the best care we can offer them?

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Karen in Effects on children
March 25, 2017

Can You Listen to this 911 Call About an Overdose without Weeping?

In Cincinnati, the 911 emergency system recorded a terrifying event – a young girl calling for help as her parents overdosed in the front seat of their car. The operator tried to calm her terror as emergency help was sent her way.…

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Karen in Addiction
March 21, 2017

Just a Box in the Street… But it Tells an Important Story

It was just a grubby, flattened box that had obviously been driven over a hundred times as it lay in the street. But since it had once held a constipation remedy, could it have been a sign of heroin or opioid addiction in the neighborhood?

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Karen in Gateway drugs
March 16, 2017

Maryland Sheriff Cites Marijuana as Beginning a Path to Overdose For Many

In Maryland, a recent poll showed that 58% of Marylanders are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Would they feel that way if they realized how many started with marijuana and ended up with deadly overdoses?

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Karen in Opioids
March 13, 2017

China Bans Four Kinds of Fentanyl —Why Won’t This Help the U.S.?

After months of dedicated work by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chinese government has banned the production of four highly dangerous synthetic opioids. Learn why this may not make things much better in the U.S.

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Karen in Drug Rehab
March 11, 2017

The Full Spectrum of Care for the Addicted

In the world of addiction treatment, there is a full spectrum of care available, a spectrum that extends from a program that tries to prevent harm as you continue to use drugs, all the way to programs with the goal of restoring the ability to live a fully drug-free life.

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Karen in Signs of drug use
March 9, 2017

Teens Misuse Cough Medicines ’Lean and DXM Without Knowing They’re Deadly and Addictive

Walk into any average-sized middle school or high school classroom in America. You’ll probably be looking at about 25 teenagers. One of those young people has probably already misused cough medicine to get high without realizing the dangers.

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Karen in Drug Prevention
March 5, 2017

A Parent’s Challenge: Offset a Constant, Daily Deluge of Pro-Drug Messages

The majority of parents sit down with their kids and talk about drugs and alcohol, ensuring that their kids understand the consequences. But is it even possible to overcome all the pro-drug messages that they receive every day?

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Karen in Alcohol
February 26, 2017

Are There Any Good Reasons to Drink Alcohol?

A couple of intense news articles in a row raised a question in my mind – is there any good reason to drink alcohol? Is it is a defensible practice? A quick examination of the possible health risks and benefits was revealing.

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Karen in Methamphetamine
February 26, 2017

Detecting Methamphetamine Use that Someone Wants to Keep Hidden

The stereotypical image of a methamphetamine user is someone who is agitated, nervous, paranoid and artificially energetic, always moving from place to place in a manic manner.

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Karen in Drug Information
February 24, 2017

Big Pharma Seeks Expansion Following the Model of Illicit Drug Dealers

In Part I of this series, we looked at the emergence of an opioid epidemic in the U.S. that was fueled by the overprescribing of painkillers by doctors in every corner of the country. Now it looks like this problem may soon take on global proportions.

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Karen in Drug Information
February 24, 2017

Is America’s Opioid Epidemic Going International?

Over the last several years, hundreds of thousands of American families have suffered the heartbreak of losing someone they love to a drug overdose. Now, it appears that this scourge may begin to wreak a similar havoc in other countries as pharmaceutical companies seek growing markets overseas.

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Karen in Drug Rehab
February 17, 2017

Is Suboxone Really a Solution for Recovery or Does it Perpetuate the Problem?

Part 2 of the series: Suboxone: Salvation for the Addicted or Seriously Flawed Solution? Is Suboxone really a good solution for addiction? We look at more reasons why maybe this isn’t the best choice.

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Karen in Drug Rehab
February 17, 2017

Suboxone: Salvation for the Addicted or Seriously Flawed Solution?

Behind the headlines about the opioid addiction epidemic, a debate has long been raging about the advisability of prescribing Suboxone for those in recovery. The desperation of this problem demands a solution. But not everyone agrees that the best solution is Suboxone.

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Karen in News
February 15, 2017

What Did Ohio Do to Deserve So Much Heroin and Fentanyl?

Narconon takes a closer look at the devastating problems of opioid addiction and overdose in Ohio, and why foreign drug traffickers might have this state in their crosshairs.

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Karen in Signs of drug use
February 13, 2017

When Is it VITAL to Stop Trusting Your Child? When You See These Signs of Heroin Use

The young woman was painfully thin, soaking in warm bathtub to relieve the aches of heroin withdrawal. She didn’t understand why her mother had dropped in to see her at college or how her mother knew she was using heroin.

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Karen in Cocaine effects
February 8, 2017

Opioids Get the Headlines But Cocaine Still Kills Thousands Each Year

Anyone involved in recovery from drug addiction knows that drugs in the opioid category are taking more lives than any other. What is not making headlines at this point is that cocaine is still taking thousands of lives each year.

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Karen in Drug Prevention
February 8, 2017

Three Reasons Parents Can’t Afford to Think “My Kid will Never Use Drugs”

In the last two decades, a whole new world of drug abuse and addiction with dangerous, and even deadly, consequences has opened up. The situation is such that now, no parent can afford to think that their child will be the one that never uses drugs, never becomes addicted and will never overdose.

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Karen in Signs of drug use
February 7, 2017

Spotting Subtle (or Not So Subtle) Signs of Drug Abuse in Your Neighborhood

America has experienced an unprecedented growth in the number of people using drugs and even the number of drugs available to be used. It’s more important than ever before that you be able to identify signs of drug use in your community.

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Karen in Drug prevention
February 6, 2017

Super Bowl 2017 Offers Drug Prevention Group a Chance to Save Young Lives

Every year, Superbowl advertising minutes offer an opportunity to reach more than one hundred million people in a flash. This year, viewers were served two public service announcements revealing the dangers of leaving prescription drugs unlocked, where they could be misused by youth.

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Karen in Drug Rehab
February 4, 2017

How High is Your Child’s Risk Factor for Using Drugs? Check Out This List

The World Health Organization recently released a comprehensive report on marijuana use around the world, including in that report a list of factors that tend to increase the risk of drug use in youth. Do you see these risk factors in your child’s life?

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Karen in Drug Information
February 1, 2017

What’s the Problem with Kratom?

Kratom is a drug imported from Asia, a product manufactured from the leaves of a tree that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia. It was banned in Thailand – but should it be banned in other countries, too?

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Karen in Drug prevention
January 30, 2017

Ten Things Parents Can Do Right Now to Reduce the Chance of Drug Abuse

The majority of parents want with all their hearts for their children to grow up drug-free, healthy and successful. But this task has never been more difficult. Narconon offers ten things parents can do right now.

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Karen in Drug Information
January 22, 2017

Ohio Detective’s Story Shows Parents How to Detect Addiction

In 2016, Ohio police detective Bud Lytle suddenly realized that he had been missing the signs that his daughter Taylor was addicted to painkillers.

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Karen in Drug Information
January 20, 2017

Unique Maps Help Us Grasp the Extent of Losses from Addiction

We all see news headlines or articles on the internet about a local person lost to an overdose or a celebrity going to rehab. But it can be hard to get a grip on what’s really happening across this country. A young man who lost his bother to drugs set out to change that.

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Karen in Drug Information
January 13, 2017

2016: The Year in Review

When your work is helping the addicted recover their sobriety, today’s newspapers and magazines don’t bring you a lot of good news. There are warnings of drugs currently taking lives, drug use trends to tell us where we need improvement. Here’s what we witnessed in 2016.

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Karen in Drug Rehab
January 9, 2017

Navigating the Bewildering Task of Selecting a Drug Rehab Program

When someone you love is addicted and you’re looking for a recovery program, it’s an intensely stressful and traumatic time. You need something right now but at the same time, you want something that will truly enable a person to stay sober afterwards. What do you need to know to choose the right program?

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Karen in Drug prevention
January 6, 2017

Identifying Drug Use Could be #1 Parenting Skill of the Future

It’s a story that has played out far too often: A teenager dies of an overdose but the family is blindsided. “He never used a drug before!” says mother. Maybe – maybe not. Identifying the mental, emotional and behavioral changes drug use makes in your teens could be an essential skill to save their lives.

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Karen in Drug prevention
January 6, 2017

Save Your Teen by Spotting Changes that Result from Drug Use

Far too often, drug use progresses to addiction and even an overdose death without a parent realizing what the real problem was. It’s more important than ever that a parent know how to identify the mental, emotional and behavioral changes that occur when a teen begins to use drugs.

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Karen in Health risks
January 1, 2017

What Stars Did We Lose in 2016 to Drugs or Alcohol?

It seemed like 2016 was stealing away some of our favorite cultural icons – many, far too young. Was their current or past drug and alcohol abuse responsible for shortening their lives?

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Karen in Drug Rehab
January 1, 2017

Your New Year’s Resolutions and the Power of Decision

New Year’s is the time many of us make resolutions for the following year. But an addicted person has lost so much of his (or her) power of decision. Narconon has helped tens of thousands of people recover that life skill, resulting in a brighter future.

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Karen in Drug prevention
December 30, 2016

Urgent Call to Action for All Parents: More Drug Prevention Needed

It’s never been more vital for parents to prepare children for the drug-filled environments they’re growing up in. It’s not just a matter of drugs being available – the drugs on the market have never been more deadly.

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Karen in Pharmaceutical companies
December 29, 2016

$44 Million Penalty Suggests Pharma Distributors Complicit in Overprescribing

In New York City, Queens pharmaceutical distributor and its parent company. Kinray, LLC will be paying a $10 million penalty and parent company Cardinal will be yielding an additional $34 million to the DEA. Their offenses? Failing to report drugstores making excessive orders of addictive substances.

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Karen in Alcohol
December 26, 2016

Hosting a New Year’s Party? 10 Tips for Getting Everyone Home Safely

So you’re having people over for New Year’s! That’s great! Have fun! And also make sure everyone makes it home safely afterward. Now more than ever, our society is holding hosts and drinking establishments responsible for the safety of guests and patrons.

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Karen in Drug Information
December 26, 2016

The Deadly Fentanyl Family of Drugs

Until a few years ago, few people had ever heard of the prescription drug fentanyl. But now, not only is fentanyl popular on the illicit market, but other dangerous drugs from this family are making their way into our supplies of street drugs.

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Karen in Marijuana
December 23, 2016

Should Parents be Tolerant of Marijuana Use by Teens or Young Adults?

One thing is for sure: There is plenty of confusing information circulating about marijuana. One faction claims it’s harmless and even medicinal. The other faction holds the opinion that this drug is dangerous in many ways. Caught in the middle are our young citizens. Teens and young adults can hardly be blamed for thinking the substance is benign. Should parents just give in and let youth do what they want?

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Karen in Drug prevention
December 15, 2016

Declines in Youth Drug Use Offer a Bright Spot of Hope

Every year, the Monitoring the Future survey allows us to examine trends in drug and alcohol use among our teens. In this new report, the fact that teen use of most drugs continued their decline provides a bright spot amid concerns about our national opioid epidemic.

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Karen in Addiction
December 14, 2016

As Opioid Use Increases, More Newborns Suffer

A new study reveals the rapidly increasing number of newborns struggling with sickness and discomfort when they are no longer exposed to the opioids their mothers were consuming.

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Karen in Alcohol
December 14, 2016

Want to Lower Chances of Cancer? Skip the Alcohol

A new study has reinforced earlier research that alcohol is associated with increased risk of cancer. While the alcohol-cancer connection has been made before, this study was the first one to associate melanoma (skin cancer) with alcohol intake.

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Karen in Drug prevention
December 12, 2016

New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office Takes to Social Media to Prevent Overdose Deaths

When it comes to heroin and painkiller addiction and overdoses, the Northeast United States has been very hard hit. In Hackensack, New Jersey, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) decided to fight back using social media tools.

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