Ren in Drug Trends
May 19, 2021

Drug Overdose Fatalities Reach 80,000 in One Year

The destructive nature of drug addiction has never been more apparent than it is right now. Recently, the CDC recorded the highest death toll from drug overdoses for any 12-month period. What will it take to curb the rise of drug deaths in America?


Ren in Opioid Crisis
March 27, 2019

The Connection between “Tamper-Resistant” Opioids and Skyrocketing Communicable Disease Crises

Opioid painkillers are a class of drugs which started off seeming like a good idea but which instead ended up creating the worst addiction epidemic that our nation has likely ever seen.


Karen in Opioid Crisis
January 4, 2019

Overdose Deaths Decline: Does This Mean We Are Successfully Fighting This Problem?

Starting in late 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have finally begun to decline after decades of increases. But the reasons why might indicate that we are not actually getting to the root of this problem but only coping better with the symptoms.


Karen in National News
August 30, 2018

A Counterattack on America’s Opioid Epidemic Rumbles to Life

Across America, families are struggling and suffering from the effects of our opioid epidemic. Losses show up in the deaths of our loved ones and an astronomical financial burden. But now, we are seeing signs that our national counterefforts are starting to produce results.


Karen in Drug overdoses
August 18, 2018

2017’s Overdose Numbers Reveal Catastrophic Levels of Loss

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided preliminary numbers for deaths from drug overdose in 2017. Rather than showing improvement, they reveal that we have not yet capped our losses from overdose deaths.


Karen in Alcohol
June 12, 2018

The True Cost of that Drink in Your Hand

Imagine you go to a popular bar with friends on a Saturday night. That night, thousands of drinks will be served, some to people drinking excessively. You might not realize that every American is paying several hundred dollars a year for that excessive consumption of alcohol.


Karen in Drug overdoses
April 23, 2018

Why this “Flat Graph” is Only Partly Good News

The CDC maintains a running tally of the number of lives lost to drug overdoses in the United States. The last few months, a chart of these numbers is nearly flat, showing a pause in the rampant increases of prior months. Why isn’t this totally fabulous news?


Karen in Drug-Related News
December 1, 2017

Latest Figures on Drug and Alcohol Deaths Reveal Surprising Statistics

The Centers on Disease Control and Prevention just released figures on the number of Americans we lost to drugs or alcohol in 2015. How much worse were these numbers compared to 1999?


Karen in Drug Prevention
November 15, 2017

Rural Areas No Longer Immune to Drug Overdose Threat

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that rural areas are no longer safe havens from drug overdose death because the rate of OD deaths in rural areas has just surpassed the rate in cities.


Karen in Drug overdoses
November 14, 2017

Have Overdose Deaths Finally Maxed Out?

Many people are waiting for the day when drug overdose deaths max out and begin to decline. Have we reached that point yet? Not even close.