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 Prescription drugs
September 13, 2017

Who’s Taking America’s Opioid Painkillers?

A new analysis of prescribing patterns for opioid painkillers revealed that three-quarters of these pills go to just 10% of patients. Might a careful analysis of the needs of this small group help curb overprescribing?

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Karen in Opioids
September 5, 2017

Does our Opioid Epidemic Warrant a National Emergency Declare?

There’s been a lot of talk about declaring a national emergency to direct resources toward overcoming our epidemic of opioid overdose deaths. Do the events of the last couple of years really warrant this declare? See what you think.

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Karen in Marijuana
August 29, 2017

Netflix and the Message of their New Show, Disjointed

Netflix presents a new sitcom about a cannabis shop called Ruth’s Alternative Caring. Staff and customers are routinely high, stoner and sexual jokes abound. What message does this kind of show send to our children?

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Karen in Methamphetamine
August 25, 2017

Methamphetamine’s Rocky History as a Nazi Drug of Choice

While methamphetamine seems like a fairly recent addition to the roster of addictive, destructive illicit drugs, it’s actually been making trouble for several decades. Now, use of this damaging drug is on the rise again.

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Karen in Methamphetamine
August 21, 2017

Hide Your Children — Here Comes the Meth!

The recent rise in methamphetamine use in the U.S. illustrates why it’s vital to know your history. This is not the first time methamphetamine has marched across the country, leaving addiction and devastation in its wake.

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Karen in Pharmaceutical companies
August 19, 2017

Should Pharmaceutical Companies be Held Accountable for Opioid Deaths?

In the last few years, the massive role pharmaceutical companies played in increasing the U.S. rate of addiction has been revealed. Is it time to hold these huge corporations responsible for their misdeeds?

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Karen in Prescription drugs
August 17, 2017

Tiger Woods and His “Cocktail” of Drugs: Lucky to Be Alive?

When Tiger Woods was found asleep in his car due to a mix of prescription drugs he’d consumed and police took him into custody, this intervention may have saved his life. Compare his story to Heath Ledger’s.

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Karen in Recovery
August 8, 2017

Helping Someone with Addiction? Tip: Don’t Judge.

When someone slides gradually into full-blown addiction, they experience massive amounts of judgment as they deteriorate. To help someone deeply immersed in addiction, you’ll have to do it without judging.

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Karen in Drug overdoses
August 8, 2017

Salvation: Heroes on the Front Lines of the Drug Battlefield

The American epidemic of opioid addiction hits millions of people hard every day, including first responders. Two grateful individuals whose lives were saved went out of their way to thank their saviors.

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Karen in Pharmaceutical companies
August 5, 2017

Behind the Curtain of the Opioid Epidemic: The Companies That Profit

For a mother of a person struggling with opioid addiction, there’s only one motivation: Saving her child’s life. For a number of pharmaceutical companies, there's an entirely different motivation: Raking in billions in profits from drugs that are more in demand because of the opioid epidemic.

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