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 Alcohol Abuse
July 21, 2021

Want to Sleep Better? Avoid Alcohol

Some people think they can use alcohol to go to sleep easier but there is a wealth of information revealing the truth: Alcohol consumption interferes with sleep. For a good night's sleep, low or no alcohol does the trick.


Karen in Opioid Crisis
July 5, 2021

Fentanyl Today: An Update on this Deadly and Ever-Changing Phenomenon

The changes of the last several years must be tracked and understood if we are to reverse the terrible losses imposed on our country by those who make and traffic in fentanyl.


Karen in Drug Abuse Information
June 3, 2021

“Study Drugs” and Alcohol Commonly Abuse on US Campuses

Parents and freshmen may be so excited about college that they overlook the threats the new student faces. Alcohol alone claims 1,500 student lives each year. New students must be properly prepared for the challenges.


Karen in Drug Information
April 14, 2021

Dextromethorphan: Still a Drug of Abuse, Still Readily Available, Still Dangerous

Despite all the efforts throughout the community to keep drugs out of kids’ hands, bottles of cough medicines sit in many medicine cabinets—cough medicines that can get youth high and even threaten their lives.


Karen in Legislation
March 3, 2021

Decriminalization Not a Silver Bullet For Americans, Part 1

With Oregon being the first state to decriminalize all drugs, it's time to look at how decriminalization can—or can't—be done in a way that does NOT increase deaths resulting from drug abuse. Part one of a two-part series.


Karen in Drug Use
March 2, 2021

Are We Doing Enough to Eliminate Drug Overdose Deaths?

If three Boeing 737 planes crashed every week from 1999 to the present, the entire country would sit up and take notice. Drastic actions would be taken to prevent further crashes. But that's how many people we've lost to overdoses and our efforts seem half-hearted.


Karen in News
February 25, 2021

U.S. States Request $2.2 TRILLION Compensation from Purdue to Address Opioid Harm

Forty-seven U.S. States have filed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, requesting a total of $2.2 trillion dollars as compensation for Purdue's contributions to the opioid epidemic. Is this a fair number?


Karen in Pharmaceutical Companies
February 23, 2021

Why are Multiple States Suing Drug Companies for $26.4 Billion?

A dozen states are suing a drug manufacturer and three drug distributors for more than $26 billion. Why? So they can restore the lives and mop up the wreckage left by the opioid epidemic.


Karen in Drug-Related News
February 11, 2021

The Hidden Catastrophe That is America's Drug Overdose Deaths

It's possible while our attention has been riveted elsewhere, our drug overdose deaths are escalating out of control. This isn't a problem we can ignore for long. Or at all.


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.