After working in addiction treatment for several years, Ren now travels the country, studying drug trends and writing about addiction in our society. Ren is focused on using his skill as an author and counselor to promote recovery and effective solutions to the drug crisis. Connect with Ren on LinkedIn.

Ren in Drug Addiction
November 26, 2020

Stigma Makes Addiction Treatment Difficult For Many

Addiction in America will not be resolved until we break away from stigma and start looking at addicts as people worthy of help.


Ren in Opioids
November 19, 2020

Dental Opioid Prescribing—A Risk Factor for Opiate Addiction

When people think of prescription opioids, one of the first images they might get is of a doctor in a lab coat, handing a patient a bottle of pills. And yes, medical doctors are a common source of opiate prescribing. But they are not the only source. Dentists also prescribe opiates.


Ren in Drug Trends
November 18, 2020

Marijuana Legalization Efforts Mask Intentional Manipulation of Potency

Many adults today might look at marijuana legalization as inevitable, but the marijuana of today bears little resemblance to marijuana at the turn of the new millennium.


Ren in Drug information
November 16, 2020

New Warnings on the Addictive Nature of Anxiety Meds

The Food and Drug Administration recently added new warning labels to common anti-anxiety prescription bottles. The highly addictive drugs are commonly abused.


Ren in Drug-Related News
November 14, 2020

Ending The War On Addiction

Decades of stigma has led to the mistreatment of those who struggle with drugs and alcohol. America's drug crisis will not improve until the nation focuses on treating addicts, not criminalizing them.


Ren in Family Help
November 13, 2020

Social Media Exposes Kids to Drug Content—Parents Need to Educate Their Kids About Drugs

The rise of social media has brought with it an entirely new world in which the teenagers of today were born into a life of apps, internet, smartphones, and online social experiences that can sometimes be harmful.


Ren in Marijuana Use
November 12, 2020

Marijuana Vaping and Getting Kids to Quit the Vape

Every year it seems, there is a new way to use drugs that is even more dangerous than the last. As electronic cigarettes (also called vaporizers) have grown in popularity, young people are now using them to consume marijuana products.


Ren in Cannabis
November 7, 2020

Want to Be a New Father? Quit Using Cannabis First

Parents-to-be want to have complication-free pregnancies and to raise healthy babies. It's no mystery that this means an expecting mother should be as healthy as she can be. However, new data now shows that even the expecting father may need to make some changes in his life in order to rear a healthy child.


Ren in Marijuana Use
November 6, 2020

As Legalization Spreads, Teen Marijuana Use Returns

As cannabis legalization efforts have increased across the U.S. more youth begin to see marijuana as non-threatening and usage rates have begun to climb, creating serious problems for this nation's young people.


Ren in Drug-Related News
November 5, 2020

2020 Drug Use Report—What We Can Learn from Studying a Global Problem

Drug addiction is growing in the United States, and it's growing across the world, too. Every year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime releases a world report, a document that highlights drug-related issues across the planet.