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 Prescription drugs
January 21, 2019

Medication for Marijuana Withdrawal: Is the Cure Worse Than the Condition?

Researchers may have found a medication that might alleviate the withdrawal symptoms resulting from marijuana addiction. Is this a useful medication? We break down the answer point by point.

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Karen in Opioid Crisis
January 4, 2019

Overdose Deaths Decline: Does This Mean We Are Successfully Fighting This Problem?

Starting in late 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have finally begun to decline after decades of increases. But the reasons why might indicate that we are not actually getting to the root of this problem but only coping better with the symptoms.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
December 27, 2018

Dentists: An Unexpected Source of Opioid Misuse and Addiction

Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a teenage or young adult child. You’re told by your child’s dentist that his (or her) wisdom teeth are going to be a problem and they need to be removed. Dutifully, you make one or more appointments for the extractions.

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Karen in Recovery
December 26, 2018

How Celebrities Can Truly Save Many Lives

Celebrities seem to be most renowned for the very public trouble they get into, but many celebrities actually have found ways to help others by speaking out about their recovery from addiction.

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Karen in Opioids
December 19, 2018

Dealers Add Fentanyl to Cocaine to “Make it Better, Make the Junkies Come Back Faster”

With powerful fentanyl being found in cocaine, methamphetamine, counterfeit pills and Spice, it’s a more life-threatening world in which to abuse drugs than ever before.

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Karen in Fentanyl
December 12, 2018

China Restricts Sale of Fentanyl: Will This Reduce Overdoses in America?

President Xi…has agreed to designate Fentanyl as a Controlled Substance, meaning that people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.

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Karen in Alcohol
December 12, 2018

Will “Normalizing” Alcohol Use Among Women Create More Problem Drinkers?

It’s not hard to see plenty of signs that alcohol consumption —even excessive consumption—among women is being normalized. Taken one at a time, these signs may not be startling. But step back and look at the bigger picture and things look a little more sinister.

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Karen in Dealing with Addiction
December 11, 2018

Can You Really Help an Addict Without Enabling Them?

Repeated acts of enabling actually prevent many people from going to rehab even when that is the only thing that will save their lives. Is there any way to get people to stop enabling? On a winter’s evening, a middle-aged woman plucked up her courage and walked into the backyard of her home.

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Karen in Drug Prevention
December 9, 2018

A Short Outline for Saving America from Addiction and Overdose Deaths

America is in a bloody battle to save the lives of their loved ones. Family members of anyone who is addicted tremble when the phone rings. Entire communities are ravaged by the deaths of people dear to them.

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Karen in Prescription drugs
December 8, 2018

The Hidden and Life-Threatening Dangers of Ritalin Abuse

Ritalin is widely prescribed to both school children and adults, but some people abuse it non-medically for the cocaine-like high it produces. When they are later diagnosed with an early form of emphysema, they may realize that the thrill wasn’t worth the price.

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