Karen Hadley in Addiction
May 25, 2023

The 80–20 Trap: How Drug and Alcohol Industries Prey on Their Heaviest Users

It is a well-known rule of thumb in business: 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients. It applies to hardware stores, new car sales and designer clothing sales. It also applies to the subject of drug abuse, excessive drinking and addiction.


Ren in Drug Information
March 21, 2023

Promoting Ketamine as Depression Treatment Ignores the Addictive Nature of the Drug

New reports show the club drug ketamine, also known as “Special K,” may be used to treat severe depression. But is it such a good idea to push a drug to treat depression when that drug has a long history of being addictive, mind-altering, and potentially quite harmful?


Ren in Prescription drugs
March 15, 2023

Despite Big Pharma Claims, Less than One-Third of Drugs Offer Relief to Patients

A recent study found that despite billions of dollars spent annually on marketing and ad buys, most pharmaceutical drugs don’t work that well on patients who take them.


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
July 22, 2021

Supersized Alcopops – A Dangerous Alcoholic Beverage Marketed to Underage Consumers

Though alcohol is legal for adults 21 and older, alcohol is not a safe or healthy substance to consume. Case in point, new research shows how a particular type of alcohol is particularly appealing to and dangerous for… underage drinkers.


Ren in Marijuana
July 11, 2021

Where Medical Marijuana is Advertised, Youth Consumption Increases

A 2019 study draws a connection between medical marijuana advertising and adolescent marijuana use. According to the study, in regions where medical marijuana is heavily promoted, there is more youth cannabis use. If this correlation is true, residents should take a stand against medicinal marijuana advertisements immediately.


Ren in Alcohol Addiction
June 4, 2021

How New Alcohol Policy Could Save Lives

Remarkably, Lithuania’s alcohol-related vehicle fatalities decreased 82% during a 15-year long experimental phase in which alcohol-related restrictions were imposed on the general public (especially those driving while intoxicated). Should we consider cracking down more on not only drunk driving but also on the circumstances that precipitate drunk driving?