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Ren in Drug-Related News
January 6, 2022

Meth Overdose Deaths Tripled in Recent Years

Newly published reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations have shed light on recent surges in methamphetamine-related overdose deaths. According to the data, meth fatalities have tripled in recent years. And these aren’t just slight upticks either. Thousands of Americans are now dying from methamphetamine overdoses.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
December 23, 2021

New Threat to Watch For: Unwashed Poppy Seed Consumption

Clinicians and families alike may not be aware of the risk posed by consumption of a readily available type of poppy seed. Despite this lack of awareness, this seed can result in addiction, overdose and death.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
December 15, 2021

Over 100,000 Lives Lost to Drugs; CDC Finalizes Overdose Fatalities for 2020

The United States just passed a grim milestone, the first time in recorded history when over 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in one year. It’s a painful wake-up call, and a call to action that something must be done about the drug addiction epidemic.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
October 31, 2021

Carfentanil; A New Drug in America that’s 100 Times More Potent than Fentanyl

Carfentanil has made the news from time to time over the past few years, but not usually in a way that sparks mass concern from authorities and communities. Sadly, the most recent headline on carfentanil suggests that traffickers are appropriating this drug for mass distribution. That’s definitely something to be concerned about.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
October 27, 2021

Are We Replacing an Opioid Epidemic with a Stimulant Epidemic?

As long as I have been working in the field of addiction recovery, the entire industry from the top to the bottom has been playing a massive game of whack-a-mole. That’s the carnival game where a mechanical animal head pokes out of a panel with multiple holes in it.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
October 26, 2021

South Carolina Prosecutor Sends Addicts to Treatment, Not Jail

A South Carolina prosecutor is using a federal grant to send drug addicts who’ve committed nonviolent crimes into treatment programs, not incarceration. It is becoming more and more common for people addicted to drugs to be directed towards treatment, not jail.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
October 12, 2021

The Impact of Drug Use and Addiction on America’s Health

We know that families suffer terrible losses as a result of drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. But how does this situation affect our nation's health as a whole? We will catalog some of the impacts of this social problem.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
October 9, 2021

A New Drug Alert: Xylazine in Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Illicit Drug Supplies

Xylazine is in the news for causing overdoses, deaths and addiction in several U.S. states and Puerto Rico. But many people don’t even know it’s in their supplies of heroin, fentanyl or cocaine. In this case, what they don’t know can kill them.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
September 20, 2021

A Shocking Increase in Cannabis Laced with Other Drugs

Using marijuana by itself presents risks. But when other drugs are added into that marijuana, the substance becomes far, far more dangerous. Sadly, that’s exactly what is occurring in cities all across America.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
July 25, 2021

A Rude Awakening – Researchers Use Wastewater to Measure Countries’ Drug Problems

If you were looking for an indicator that the human race has a problem with drug abuse, research uncovering detectable traces of drugs in urban wastewater might be a critical warning of just that. It sounds almost ludicrous to hear, but it’s true.

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