KAREN

Karen

For more than a decade, Karen has been researching and writing about drug trafficking, drug abuse, addiction and recovery. She has also studied and written about policy issues related to drug treatment.


Karen in Drug Trends
October 20, 2021

Why THC Vaping Can Destroy Young Lungs

Some teens are choosing to vape marijuana products because they are nearly undetectable. But both parents and teens alike should know the damage that’s occurring to the lungs as a result of vaping marijuana, tobacco or simply flavored oils. This damage has been fatal for dozens of people.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
October 12, 2021

The Impact of Drug Use and Addiction on America’s Health

We know that families suffer terrible losses as a result of drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. But how does this situation affect our nation's health as a whole? We will catalog some of the impacts of this social problem.

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Karen in Dealing with Addiction
October 11, 2021

Dealing with the Seemingly “High-Functioning” Addict

Some people are able to maintain the appearance of productivity for quite a while after they become addicted. This ability has generated the myth of the high-functioning addict. Is there really such a thing?

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Karen in Drug-Related News
October 9, 2021

A New Drug Alert: Xylazine in Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Illicit Drug Supplies

Xylazine is in the news for causing overdoses, deaths and addiction in several U.S. states and Puerto Rico. But many people don’t even know it’s in their supplies of heroin, fentanyl or cocaine. In this case, what they don’t know can kill them.

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Karen in Drug Trends
September 21, 2021

Taking a Longer View: The Real Story of Our Overdose Losses

Truly understanding our losses to drug overdoses means taking a longer look at the numbers. That’s where the tragedy becomes crystal clear, along with the necessity to take more immediate action.

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Karen in Costs of drug abuse
September 19, 2021

Drug Use and Addiction: The Financial Burden to Communities and Individuals

Anyone who has loved an addicted person knows: Addiction comes with enormous costs. Some of these costs are emotional and mental. The addicted person suffers from the overwhelming compulsion to use drugs and the physical sickness and deterioration that accompanies the use of alcohol and drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

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Karen in Effects on children
September 17, 2021

Pregnancy, Drugs and Alcohol: Avoiding Drug-Related Birth Defects

When a pregnant woman uses illicit drugs, drinks alcohol or misuses prescription drugs, they immediately increase the risk of birth defects. That’s why it’s vital to help pregnant women and women of child-bearing age find an effective rehab program as soon as possible. We’ll take a look at some of the risks.

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Karen in Drug Prevention
September 13, 2021

Why Locking Up Drugs and Alcohol Could Save a Loved One’s Life

To prevent your home from becoming a source of addictive substances for a young person or susceptible family member, it’s important to know all the types of drugs that should be locked away and where someone might be looking for them.

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Karen in Drug Information
September 12, 2021

The State of Drug or Alcohol Abuse Among American Teens

Knowing what signs of drug use to watch for when there are teens or pre-teens in the home means monitoring the changes in the illicit drug market and patterns of use. Check out the 2020 numbers for drug use among 8th, 10th and 12th-grade students.

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Karen in Drug Prevention
September 4, 2021

How Would Eliminating Addiction Improve America’s Educational Success?

Heavy drug or alcohol abuse or addiction are tough at any age. When it affects those who should be completing their educations, it can derail the entirety of their future lives.

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