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 Education
January 18, 2020

Dangerous and Addictive Substances Are Found in Most Homes

Parents sitting down to educate their children on the dangers of drug use may miss the fact that their own homes may abound with dangerous and even deadly abusable substances. The vast majority of parents want to protect their children from drug-related harm.

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Karen in Drug Abuse Information
January 16, 2020

Does Substance Use Increase the Risk of Suicide?

Drug overdoses aren't the only way drug users may lose their lives. Heavy users of alcohol, opioids, cocaine or even marijuana run a higher risk of suicide than those who don't use drugs. This is another compelling reason to get an addicted person into rehab.

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Karen in Information on U.S. States
January 14, 2020

How Much is Substance Abuse Involved in Reducing American Life Expectancy?

There have been many reports on the recent slight decline in American life expectancy in the last few years. Increased losses to substance abuse have been cited as the cause. We take a closer look at the reasons for this change.

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Karen in Opioid Crisis
January 4, 2020

Halting the Runaway Train That is Our Opioid Crisis: Can We Do it?

It may seem like an impossible task to halt the runaway train of our opioid crisis. But Oklahoma has prepared a plan to do just that which can serve as a model for other states and let us estimate the price tag to eliminate this catastrophe.

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Karen in Drug use trends
December 29, 2019

New Global Drug Report Shows Increasing Use of All Drugs, Huge Growth of Opioid Use and Record Cocaine Production

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports each year on global drug use and addiction. This year’s report shows that despite the efforts of tens of thousands of people around the world, there is more drug use and loss of life than ever.

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Karen in Fentanyl
December 27, 2019

An Update on the Lethal Synthetic Opioid Fentanyl

The extreme potency of fentanyl and similar drugs coming into the U.S. have thwarted efforts to reduce the number of lives lost to drug overdoses. That makes it an important drug to know more about.

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Karen in Medication-assisted treatment
December 26, 2019

Whatever Happened to Providing Abstinence Based Addiction Treatment?

At one time, the expectation of rehab success was abstinence. Now, it's more often the expectation that a person maintains compliance with a medication regimen. Have we given up on the concept of being fully drug-free after rehab?

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Karen in Drug Withdrawal
December 23, 2019

Why Withdrawal Can Kill and How to Successfully Help a Loved One Get Sober

While stopping damaging consumption of alcohol or drugs is a noble purpose, some people must begin their sobriety with a medically-supported detoxification process if they are to survive.

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Karen in Recovery
December 21, 2019

How Recovery High Schools Help Teens Launch Sober Adult Lives

In fifteen states around the U.S., recovery high schools offer youth in recovery the right environments in which they can get their lives on the right track for success.

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Karen in Alcohol
December 17, 2019

How Alcohol is Killing America’s Young People

When we find that an increasing number of young people are dying from injury-related causes, it’s time to look at how many of them could be losing their lives from preventable, alcohol-related causes.

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