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Ren in Sobriety
January 7, 2019

Music Festivals and Raves: Drug Use, Health Risks, and Trying to Have a Good Time In Spite of It All

Music festivals, raves, EDM (electronic dance music) concerts, and live concerts are growing in popularity. According to Billboard , thirty-two million people go to music festivals in the U.S. at least once a year.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 6, 2019

Senior Citizens: The Silent Generation’s Victims of the Opioid Epidemic

Apparently, the silent generation has lived up to their name in more ways than one. Not only was this the generation that worked hard, kept to themselves and stayed quiet, but this is also the generation that to this day is staying quiet about the fact that they are being doped up on highly addictive and mind-altering opioid pain reliever pharmaceutical drugs.

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Ren in Dealing with Addiction
January 5, 2019

Reducing the Drug Addiction Epidemic—What Every American Can Do

What if I told you that the United States has been experiencing a drug addiction epidemic? You’d probably tell me, “Old news.” But what if I told you that, if we all work together, we could quite literally remove this epidemic from our society?

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Ren in Alcohol
January 5, 2019

New Study Reveals Staggering Costs of Alcohol’s Effects During Pregnancy

Alcohol use during pregnancy damages millions of children and costs hundreds of billions of dollars but this harm is almost completely overlooked by the media and health organizations.

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Karen in Opioid Crisis
January 4, 2019

Overdose Deaths Decline: Does This Mean We Are Successfully Fighting This Problem?

Starting in late 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have finally begun to decline after decades of increases. But the reasons why might indicate that we are not actually getting to the root of this problem but only coping better with the symptoms.

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Dianna Re, CAS in Recovery
January 3, 2019

What to Do (or Not Do) When Your Loved One Comes Back from Rehab

My name is Dianna and I am the Graduate Officer at Narconon New Life Retreat . Over the last 5 years, my job has consisted of staying in touch with the graduates of our program to ensure that they stay on the right track.

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Ren in Drug Rehab
January 1, 2019

Some ERs Now Offering “Addiction Treatment”

When I first saw the tagline, “Facing an overdose epidemic, some ERs now offer addiction treatment” on the Washington Post’ s front page, I was pleasantly surprised. ERs offering addiction treatment services? This was good news! Then I opened the article and started reading it.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
December 31, 2018

Drug Makers Receive Patent for Drugs to Treat Addiction

In a recent news piece from CBS News, one of the top pharmaceutical companies for opioid pain reliever production, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, has now received a patent for making a drug that is advertised as being able to treat opioid addiction.

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Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising

According to a Washington Post article published February 2015, the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries that allow direct to consumer advertising for pharmaceutical products.

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Ren in Marijuana
December 28, 2018

Is Marijuana A Gateway Drug?

Here we have one of the most debated, argued, and contentious subjects within the marijuana issue. The question as to whether or not marijuana is a gateway drug.

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