OPIOID CRISIS

Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 10, 2021

Isolation May Lead to an Increase in Opioid Deaths

People who are addicted to drugs and alcohol experience multiple hardships due to their addiction. And in the last year, life has become even more challenging as increased isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic has created an additional burden for struggling addicts.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
March 19, 2021

Opioid Prescriber to Serve a Seven-Year Jail Sentence for Role in Opioid Epidemic

The majority of doctors practice medicine with ethics, morality, and the intention to help. But when doctors do become immoral, people get hurt. This is the story of one such doctor.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 2, 2021

Pharma Giant Hit with Criminal Charges and $8 Billion Lawsuit

It matters how businesses make their money. For Purdue Pharma, this multi-billion dollar corporation is being shut down due to the deaths caused by its frontline product, OxyContin. But is shutting the company down enough?

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
December 22, 2020

One Percent of Doctors Responsible for 25 Percent of Opiate Prescriptions

Overprescribing of opioid pain relievers is a serious issue. However, it's a relatively small group of physicians that are culpable in this. The majority of doctors are doing their best to treat their patients properly. It's just a few of them that are doling out opioid prescriptions in amounts that far exceed prescribing guidelines.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
April 7, 2020

How a Surge in Opiate Misuse in the Netherlands Compares to the American Opiate Epidemic

For some time, the U.S. drug problem has seemed entirely unique. But now, similar problems are beginning to develop in Europe. How will European countries tackle their drug problems?

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
February 11, 2020

Opioid Lawsuits – Where Should Settlement Money Go?

An October 2019 article in USA Today focused on how critical it is that opioid lawsuit settlement dollars are used to treat addiction. This should be a given, to use settlements from pharma companies to treat addicts (especially considering that many addicts would not be addicts were it not for prescription painkillers).

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Karen in Opioid Crisis
January 4, 2020

Halting the Runaway Train That is Our Opioid Crisis: Can We Do it?

It may seem like an impossible task to halt the runaway train of our opioid crisis. But Oklahoma has prepared a plan to do just that which can serve as a model for other states and let us estimate the price tag to eliminate this catastrophe.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
December 13, 2019

Needle Exchange Programs and Safe Injection Sites are Not the Answer to the Drug Problem

Needle exchange programs are one of the more controversial approaches to the drug problem. Safe injection sites even more so. Both methods fall under the category of harm reduction. The goal behind harm reduction is to reduce the harm in drug use.

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Karen in Opioid Crisis
December 10, 2019

Why Will it Cost $800 Million the First Year to Bring Oklahoma’s Opioid Problem Under Control?

In an Oklahoma courtroom, state attorneys claim that Johnson & Johnson should pay their fair share for their role in creating the opioid epidemic that claimed thousands of lives in the state. Why will this cost more than $800 million the first year?

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
November 29, 2019

Why is the Northeast Hit Hardest by Opiate Deaths?

It is no mystery that the United States is struggling with a drug addiction crisis. In October of 2017, the opioid epidemic alone (just one facet of America's addiction problem) was declared a Public Health Emergency. Drug addiction has spread across the United States.

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