Karen Hadley

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 nine years. Keep up with Karen on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Karen Hadley in Opioid Crisis
October 31, 2018

How Many Americans are REALLY Addicted to Opioids?

It’s no secret that America suffers from its highest-ever level of dependence on prescription and illicit opioids. But are we thinking with the right number for how many people are affected by this problem? One expert thinks we should double our estimates. We’ll tell you why.


Karen Hadley in Signs of drug use
October 17, 2018

Identifying a Loved One’s Drug Use May be Trickier than You Think

There’s all kinds of articles about the signs and symptoms of drug use. But if your loved one is clever about hiding his or her drug use, you may have to look deeper to find the real source of problems.


Medication-Assisted Treatment: A “Solution” that Has Never Solved the Problem

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of prescribed drugs to help a person break free from addiction to some other drug. While MAT makes plenty of money for pharmaceutical companies and prescribers, it may not be so great for those taking the drug.


Karen Hadley in Costs of drug abuse
October 12, 2018

The Unhurried Devastation from our National Drug Problem

What if, in a flash, the entire population of Denver was vaporized? Or Seattle, Washington, D.C. or Boston? That would equal the number of Americans we lost to drug overdoses between 1999 and 2017. We take a look at this ultra-slow phenomenon that makes it hard to see this real impact of drug abuse on our country.


Karen Hadley in Drug Information
September 27, 2018

Drug Enforcement Administration Updates List of Slang Terms for Drugs

For parents and professionals, knowing the slang terms for popular drugs might mean the difference between detecting drug use and addiction and missing it. The DEA has just published an updated list of drug slang that can help with this vital task.


Karen Hadley in Drug Rehab
September 26, 2018

“Why Does My Loved One Love Drugs More than Me?”

This is a question that tortures every parent, spouse, child and sibling of an addicted person. Gain insight into why this person you love so much changes into someone you fear and how they can make their way back to lasting health.


Karen Hadley in Drug Information
September 14, 2018

New American Survey Shows Fewer Women Using Drugs, But Men’s Use Increases

The new National Survey on Drug Use and Health has just been released, and a careful study of these results shows that while men’s use has increased in most categories of drugs, women’s use has fallen in most. We take a look at some of the possible reasons for these changes.


Karen Hadley in Marijuana
September 13, 2018

The Serious Effects of Marijuana on Unborn Babies Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

During pregnancy, most women try to provide ideal environments for their babies by stopping use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. But some women think it’s acceptable to continue (or even start) using marijuana during pregnancy. We take a look at the possible effects of this drug on the baby.


Karen Hadley in Opioids
September 11, 2018

Doctor Focuses on Ethics to Determine Best Painkiller Prescribing Practices

When important changes occur, there’s a possibility of sudden pendulum-swing reactions to those changes. That’s what we’ve been seeing as doctors try to work out the right prescribing practices for opioids. Dr. Kevin Zacharoff moved the focus to medical ethics to teach doctors how to make better decisions.


Karen Hadley in National News
August 30, 2018

A Counterattack on America’s Opioid Epidemic Rumbles to Life

Across America, families are struggling and suffering from the effects of our opioid epidemic. Losses show up in the deaths of our loved ones and an astronomical financial burden. But now, we are seeing signs that our national counterefforts are starting to produce results.