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Ren in Information on U.S. States
February 22, 2024

CDC Reports U.S. Overdoses Reach New High

The CDC recently published its most current provisional data regarding total U.S. drug overdoses for the 12 months between May 2022 and April 2023. According to the new data, 112,024 people across the U.S. died from drug overdoses in that period, compared to 110,394 deaths in the May 2021 to April 2022 period.

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Karen Hadley in Drug Education
February 8, 2024

How Inhalants Can Kill, Even the Very First Time They Are Used

The article explains the lethal risks associated with inhalant abuse, especially prevalent among young people due to the accessibility of these common household items. Felt tip pens, markers, nail polish remover, paint—any of these substances and hundreds more can intoxicate or kill. Statistics reveal the alarming incidence of inhalant abuse among students and how and why their abuse can lead to sudden death.

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Editorial Staff in News
February 8, 2024

What Is the Opioid Vaccine?

The term “opioid vaccine” has been in widespread use since at least 2019. However, many still do not understand what the medicine is or if it’s really a “vaccine” as one traditionally thinks of such types of medicine. Opioids are not infectious diseases, so how can one be vaccinated against them? Is the opioid vaccine the solution to opioid addiction? Or is it just another replacement medication?

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Karen Hadley in Drug Use
February 1, 2024

Why Are So Many People Mixing Opioids and Stimulants?

This article explores the growing trend of combining opioids and stimulants, known as speedballing, among drug users. Learn the reasons behind this practice, including the desire to offset the negative effects of each drug or to achieve a specific high considered desirable. The outcome can be addiction, physical harm or death.

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Ren in News
January 25, 2024

What Is the Scope of Fentanyl Use Today?

Fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is anywhere from 50–100 times more potent, has become the leading cause of drug overdose fatalities in the United States. Its widespread use is extremely grim because even as some people who struggle with addiction try to avoid the drug, dealers increasingly add fentanyl to their drug supplies to make each batch more potent, addictive, and dangerous.

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Karen Hadley in Drug Information
January 17, 2024

The International Curse That Is Captagon

The article traces Captagon’s transition from a prescription stimulant to an addictive drug addicting many in the Middle East. It further highlights historical parallels with wartime stimulant use and concludes by warning of the possibility of the drug’s spread across Europe.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
January 11, 2024

New Research Data Shows Cannabis and Hallucinogen Usage Rates Continue to Rise Among Adults

While it’s common for certain drug use trends to come in and out of popularity, the trend of cannabis and hallucinogen use has been quite concerning in that usage of these drugs has steadily risen, uninterrupted, for several years. Further, interest in these drugs and experimentation with them has escalated among young adults ages 19 to 30 and middle-aged adults ages 35 to 50...

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Karen Hadley in News
January 8, 2024

Update on America’s Current Illicit Drug Market: Many New Drugs, Higher Quantities

The article provides an updated look at the U.S. illicit drug market, highlighting emerging trends and a very concerning surge in quantities of the deadly drug fentanyl. It also emphasizes the need for public awareness and advocates for a dual approach of treatment and prevention to alleviate the drug crisis that continues to expand and take American lives.

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Ren in Recovery
January 4, 2024

Commit to Getting Clean in 2024

The scope of drug addiction in America continues to expand, and annual deaths from drug-related causes continue to increase. 2024 can be the Year of Recovery, but the family members and loved ones of people who struggle with addiction will need to step in and help their loved ones find and enter treatment. Doing so has never been more important or urgent, as the drugs of today are increasingly potent and often lethal.

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Karen Hadley in Drug Rehab
January 4, 2024

Why Do Women Find Drug Rehab Help Less Frequently Than Men?

This article investigates the gender gap in drug abuse and rehabilitation, citing the statistics that reveal fewer women finding drug rehab treatment compared to men. It also explores expert opinions for potential reasons, including unique challenges faced by women, and underscores the need for increased support to ensure equitable access for both genders.

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