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 information
October 21, 2020

So-Called “Study Drugs” Commonly Mis-Used

Treatment of classroom and behavior problems with stimulants has had a very widespread and dangerous side effect: the diversion of these stimulants to illicit use. This is mostly due to the myth that they enhance a person's ability to succeed academically.


Karen in Addiction
September 25, 2020

Addiction Relates to Lack of Life Skills

Loss of life skills is part and parcel of being addicted. So it stands to reason that regaining those skills is an essential part of recovery. The more thoroughly these skills are rebuilt (or built for the first time), the more likely it is that sobriety will last.


Karen in Addiction
September 22, 2020

Why Do They Lie? How Drug Addiction Alters the Truth

People who are addicted to drugs lie for a number of reasons. Some want to hide the truth from their loved ones to protect them, others hide in shame.


Karen in Drug Trends
September 18, 2020

After a Long Decline, Drug Overdose Deaths Experience Upturn

In September 2019, I wrote a perhaps overly optimistic piece about the fact that America was finally seeing a downturn in overdose deaths. In the more than ten years I’d been writing about this topic, I had only seen the steadiest of climbs in these numbers. I had no idea—and neither did anyone else—how much worse things would get.


Karen in Drug Rehabilitation
August 6, 2020

Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Makes NOW the Perfect Time to Get Sober

It's NEVER a good time to be addicted. But the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic ups the stakes considerably. If ever there was a time to reach out to a loved one—or reach out yourself—for sobriety, it's right now.


Karen in Alcohol
August 4, 2020

A Focus on Alcohol and COVID-19: Is There a Connection?

As countries around the world impose quarantines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, alcohol appears to be a complicating factor. Because so many confusing ideas are swirling through our news reports and social media, it's important to focus on the facts about alcohol and COVID-19.


Karen in Alcohol Abuse
August 4, 2020

Alcohol: The Great Equalizer

Alcohol can rob anyone of any description of their happiness, their health, prosperity and even their reason for living. The very kindest thing that can be done for a person losing everything to their dependence on alcohol is a firm insistence on recovery.


Karen in Marijuana
July 28, 2020

Vaping, Your Lungs and Coronavirus

Some people consider that vaping is safer and healthier than smoking cigarettes or joints. But is it really healthier when it comes fighting off respiratory infections?


Karen in Sobriety
July 15, 2020

Dealing with COVID-19 Anxiety While Protecting Your Sobriety

It’s possible to become so anxious about our current situation that you forget all the ways it’s possible to rise above the anxiety and feel good about your life. We offer some positive suggestions.


Karen in Drug Addiction
July 9, 2020

Why Does a Person Start Using Drugs? Why Do They Continue?

What's the real reason people start using drugs, then keep taking them? We asked people who had become trapped in addiction and then found their way out.