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Ren in Drug-Related News
April 2, 2020

A Comprehensive Look at Drug Use in Oklahoma

For some time, rural America was thought to be safe from the 21st-century addiction epidemic. That is no longer the case. Many mostly rural states are now in an addiction upheaval. Oklahoma, for example, has one of the fastest-growing meth problems in the nation. How can this state free itself of such a vicious drug crisis?

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Karen in Drug-Related News
March 7, 2020

Important Update for Families from the 2019 Drug Threat Assessment

Every year, the Drug Enforcement Administration reports on the biggest drug threats in our country because those threats never stay the same two years in a row. These annual reports can arm parents with enough information to warn their children of the intense, life-threatening risks of drug use.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
January 17, 2020

Opiates? Hospitals Now Changing Their Approach

One of my colleagues is a veteran nurse who works in a hospital in Baton Rouge. He was born and raised in a sparsely populated, underserved area of Louisiana which is now being devastated by the opioid epidemic...

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Ren in Drug-Related News
December 28, 2019

A Controversial Awareness Campaign Hits Home but Misses the Mark for Some in South Dakota

A news story out of South Dakota made national headlines when the state launched a controversial media campaign. Governor Kristi Noem led an ad campaign to raise awareness of the state’s meth problem. The slogan of the campaign was: “Meth. We’re On It.“

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Ren in Drug-Related News
December 19, 2019

Kratom – New Data on a Controversial Drug

Kratom is a mind-altering substance that has bounced on and off the radar for the last decade. Occasionally, we’ll hear news blurbs about this drug, a story here and there of someone who died from using it.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
November 5, 2019

Research Reveals Opiate Pain Meds Not Effective for Long—Term Pain Management

Painkillers have become a subject of growing controversy. The news is full of headlines decrying the pharmaceutical industry for producing opiate pain relievers that cause more harm than good. We hear stories of millions of Americans who took painkillers for pain but who ended up hopeless addicts to the very drugs which were supposed to help them.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
November 3, 2019

Drug Use in the Food and Beverage Industry Under Scrutiny

In a nation where our drug problem grows by the year, we’re starting to see drug use and alcohol misuse crop up in businesses. Entire industries have been affected. We hear about office accidents, workplace injuries, falls, and so on, often caused by intoxication.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
September 11, 2019

The Importance of Informed Consent in Opioid Drug Prescribing

Who doesn’t want to make informed decisions? Have you ever paid for a product or service on a whim and then regretted it after finding out the product or service wasn’t really what you wanted? You probably would not have made the purchase had you been more informed on what you were buying.

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Ren in Drug-Related News
September 3, 2019

Opiate Addiction and Cocaine—How the Two Are Connected

U.S. News ran a story on August 8th, 2019 titled, “Lethal Deception: Deaths From Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl on the Rise.” The article talked about how cocaine misuse is on its way up and how that has had a direct effect on increasing drug-overdose deaths.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
February 26, 2019

Increase in Pet Painkiller Prescriptions Could Indicate More Owner Misuse

Because of a significant increase in painkiller prescriptions to pet owners, veterinarians are being warned to watch for some owners who might be consuming these drugs instead of giving them to their pets.

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