DRUG INFORMATION

Ren in Drug information
October 30, 2019

Retired Navy Admiral Is Working to Prevent Drug Overdoses

The media is so often filled with unhappy circumstances, lousy news, hardships, and unpleasant events. That’s what sells. So when USA Today featured an interview with a retired U.S. Navy admiral about a non-profit that he and his wife started to counter the opioid epidemic, I was pleased to see a break in the morose news updates I had become so used to.

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Ren in Drug information
October 27, 2019

Why Does the U.S. Prescribe More Drugs than Other Countries?

A striking report from U.S. News revealed that American surgical patients are nine times more likely to receive a prescription for opioid pain relievers than Swedish patients. Even bringing the focus closer to home and comparing U.S. prescribing rates to Canadian prescribing rates, American doctors still prescribe opioids at a rate nearly twice that of Canadian doctors.

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Ren in Drug information
October 26, 2019

“Sober Curious” and “Straightedge”—Dreaming of a Youth Culture Which Supports Abstinence

Last week I saw an article in U.S. News titled, “The Rise of the Sober Curious.” The subheading read, “Alcohol-free events, bars, and drinks are increasing as people explore ways to lower their alcohol intake – and improve health.” Seeing this reminded me of my younger days when the “Straightedge” culture was all the rage. It seems that, with each new generation, young people are consistently looking for a way to popularize abstinence and clean living.

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Ren in Drug information
October 25, 2019

Why Doesn’t the U.S. Treat Overdose Deaths Like Other Preventable Causes of Death?

Though it might be a morbid prospect to do so, one of the reasons why it is so essential to study and analyze causes of death is because doing so sets the stage for creating better health conditions in America.

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Ren in Drug information
October 24, 2019

Taxation of Alcohol Does Not Offset the Costs of Alcohol Consumption

A new report in U.S News shed a concerning light on something many Americans have taken for granted for a very long time. For many years, decades even, people have more or less justified the existence of massive , multi-billion dollar alcohol companies for a variety of reasons.

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Ren in Drug information
October 22, 2019

What Should We Do to Make the Correct Addiction Treatment More Available?

The current drug addiction epidemic began in the late 1990s. However, it took several years for the United States to recognize the severity of the problem. Since it became apparent that we were indeed in an addiction crisis, states all across America have taken action to address that crisis.

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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.

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Ren in Drug information
August 18, 2019

Fentanyl—The Drug Ten Times More Potent Than Heroin

It’s difficult to single out any, one drug as being “the worst drug” of them all. Different drugs have varying degrees of harm for those who consume them. Some drugs are more dangerous than others (take marijuana compared to heroin, for example).

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Ren in Drug information
August 5, 2019

Summertime and Sobriety—How to Stay Sober During the Party Season

Summer is upon us, and for most people, this an exciting and fun season. The sun’s out, the temperatures are up, and there is an energy and aliveness in the air. But for some of us, the summertime can bring a bit of a struggle.

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Ren in Drug information
August 4, 2019

Study Shows Acetaminophen as Effective As Opioids with Some Chronic Pain Sufferers

When I see a headline in the media about opioid painkillers, the first thing I think of is addiction. And rightly so, as most news stories tend to be about the addictive nature of opioid painkillers, about overdoses, drug crime connected to painkillers, or pharma companies getting busted for their addictive products.

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