Karen Hadley

After a few years working at the Narconon center in Oklahoma, Karen has been researching drug trends around the world and writing reports and articles on addiction and recovery for nine years. Keep up with Karen on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Karen Hadley in Marijuana
September 13, 2018

The Serious Effects of Marijuana on Unborn Babies Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

During pregnancy, most women try to provide ideal environments for their babies by stopping use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. But some women think it’s acceptable to continue (or even start) using marijuana during pregnancy. We take a look at the possible effects of this drug on the baby.


Karen Hadley in National News
August 30, 2018

A Counterattack on America’s Opioid Epidemic Rumbles to Life

Across America, families are struggling and suffering from the effects of our opioid epidemic. Losses show up in the deaths of our loved ones and an astronomical financial burden. But now, we are seeing signs that our national counterefforts are starting to produce results.


Vital Information for Parents: How to Protect Your Kids from Opioid Addiction

In some ways, it’s the toughest environment ever in which to raise children. In earlier times, there weren’t deadly drugs virtually on every street corner. These days, it’s vital for parents to know how to protect their children from the temptation to reach for opioid painkillers.


Karen Hadley in Drug Rehabilitation
August 24, 2018

Interventions Can Save Lives

There is a very unfortunate belief held by some that a person must “hit rock bottom” before they can be helped. Yet with the type of drugs on the market today, a person can easily be dead before they hit rock bottom.


In California, A Coroner’s Letter Changes How Doctors Prescribe Opioids

It seems like a small thing, just letters from a county coroner to 388 California medical doctors, telling them that one of their patients died from a prescription drug overdose. But this simple step subsequently reduced the number of opioid prescriptions handed out by these doctors. Overcoming our opioid epidemic is going to take many of these small steps.


Karen Hadley in Drug overdoses
August 18, 2018

2017’s Overdose Numbers Reveal Catastrophic Levels of Loss

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided preliminary numbers for deaths from drug overdose in 2017. Rather than showing improvement, they reveal that we have not yet capped our losses from overdose deaths.


Karen Hadley in Alcohol Addiction
August 9, 2018

Heavy Drinking is Killing More Americans… Especially More Young Adults

A 2018 study revealed that heavy alcohol consumption resulting in liver damage is killing an increasing number of Americans. Deaths among young adults are growing the fastest.


Karen Hadley in Alcohol
August 1, 2018

Let’s Not Trust the Alcohol Industry to Tell Us Alcohol is Healthy!

While the American public was busy with other matters, the alcoholic beverage industry and certain scientists conspired to prove that alcohol consumption improves health, ignoring existing science showing a definite connection between alcohol and cancer, among other problems.


Karen Hadley in Drug prevention
July 31, 2018

Signs to Watch for to Tell if Your Teen is Using Drugs

One of the most common phenomena I’ve come across is parents who don’t realize that their teenaged or young adult child is using drugs. It’s easy to miss because there are a lot of changes during these years. It’s important for parents to know the subtle and not-so-subtle signs to look for that indicate drug use.


Karen Hadley in Recovery
July 27, 2018

Harm Reduction Alone is Never Enough

One of the many layers of service to those who are using drugs or addicted is harm reduction. While harm reduction can save lives, as a concept of helping, it can be taken too far. The most important service to offer an addicted person is recovery from dependence on drugs or alcohol.