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 Prevention
November 6, 2019

Lies Teens and Young Adults Tell Their Parents about Drugs

It's hard for a parent to know when their child is lying about drinking or using drugs and when they should begin to take action. We shed some light on this subject for parents and caretakers.


Karen in Prescription drugs
November 4, 2019

Remember Pill Mills? Think They’re Gone? Think Again

I walked into the new doctor’s office with the hopes that he might be able to help me overcome the debilitating effects of a recent heatstroke. This doctor had been recommended by a friend but I didn’t exactly know why.


Karen in Drug trafficking
October 31, 2019

Illicit Fentanyl Trafficking Patterns Shift with China Still a Major Player

Keeping drugs out of our country requires monitoring the shifts in production and trafficking patterns. Recently, the way fentanyl has been coming into the U.S. has made one of those shifts.


Karen in Drug Education
October 29, 2019

How Heroin Can Kill You (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)

Most people know that overdoses of opioids like heroin, oxycodone or fentanyl can kill on the spot. But the use of these drugs, especially injecting them, can cause many other deadly conditions. Understanding the risk an addicted person faces every day should include knowing about these less obvious risks.


Karen in Marijuana
October 28, 2019

Why Does the Surgeon General Advise Pregnant Women to Avoid Marijuana?

As marijuana use becomes legal in more and more states, it can be hard to know who to ask for advice on the safety of this drug. For pregnant women, knowing who to listen to is particularly important. To help these women, the U.S. Surgeon General has just issued advice for all pregnant women on marijuana use.


Karen in Drug information
October 21, 2019

How Hard Was It to Detect the Opioid Epidemic as It Grew?

How did we get into the situation of opioid addiction like the one the U.S. struggles with now? To figure out how it happened, let’s take a look at how company executives may make decisions for the good of their company but that create serious problems among their consumers.


Karen in Drug Education
October 20, 2019

Why Fentanyl Is Still the Most Threatening Illicit Drug

The ravages created by fentanyl may not be obvious to you as you walk down the main street of your town. But factually, in some strata of life in America, fentanyl is creating unprecedented devastation. This drug (actually a family of drugs) is taking as many as 78 lives every day.


Karen in Information on U.S. States
September 25, 2019

What if Car Crashes Increased at the Same Rate as Drug Overdoses? What Would Public Reaction Be Then?

While drug overdose deaths climbed from 16,800 to more than 70,000 over a 20 year period, was America’s response appropriately strong and determined? If not, why not?


Karen in Legislation
September 23, 2019

Suboxone Maker to Pay $1.4 BILLION to Settle Illegal Marketing Claims

In July 2019, Pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser Group settled a federal lawsuit that they fraudulently marketed their addiction treatment drug Suboxone. They’ll pay a huge fine but why doesn’t this settlement actually result in justice?


Karen in Drug Information
September 20, 2019

One Year of Overdose Death Decreases: How Good is This News?

For the first time in decades, the number of Americans lost to drug overdoses has begun to decline. Is this cause for celebration? Not yet. Not when you know the reason for the decline. Did you hear about this? For the last year, the number of overdose deaths has been declining.