OVERDOSE STATISTICS

Ren in Opioid Crisis
April 6, 2022

Fentanyl Is Now the Leading Cause of Death for Adults Ages 18 to 45

One of the findings in the CDC’s 2020 Cause of Death report was that overdose deaths caused by fentanyl were the leading cause of death for adults ages 18 to 45. At first, this key fact went almost unnoticed. Only now is this critical issue getting the attention it deserves.

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Karen Hadley in Drug Use
February 1, 2022

Senior Citizens and Their Increasing Need for Addiction Recovery

America is losing more of its aging citizens to alcohol and drug dependence and even fatal overdoses. It’s time to take a look at the extent of this problem.

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Ren in News
November 8, 2021

Drug Overdose Deaths Jumped Nearly 30 Percent During the Pandemic

Many public health experts believed that, partially because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was going to be the worst year yet for drug overdoses. They were right, and final numbers for the death toll exceeded even the most gloomy predictions.

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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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Ren in Drug Trends
October 18, 2021

Per Capita Deaths from Substance Abuse Now Higher in Rural America

It’s shocking but true. In several states across the U.S., when fatalities are measured per capita, more Americans are dying from drug-related harm in counties designated as rural than in counties designated as urban.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
July 28, 2021

Opioid Abuse Surged During the Pandemic – Treatment is the Answer for Those Now Addicted

There is compelling evidence that suggests opioid addiction and overdose rates soared during the Covid-19 pandemic. Was this a direct result of Covid-19? Or was it a continuation of America’s opioid addiction epidemic?

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
June 24, 2021

Is Fentanyl Addiction America’s Number One Drug Problem?

What is fentanyl? How did it become America’s worst drug problem? What can be done to prevent soaring fentanyl deaths?

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Ren in Drug-Related News
June 7, 2021

A Surge in Cocaine and Meth Deaths are Linked to Opioid Misuse

In a recent brief by the CDC, experts published findings that more than 50% of cocaine-related deaths also had opioids present. The same was true with meth deaths. This is very concerning because it indicates a drug use trend where addicts may be more likely to use multiple drugs at once.

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Karen Hadley in Drug Use
March 2, 2021

Are We Doing Enough to Eliminate Drug Overdose Deaths?

If three Boeing 737 planes crashed every week from 1999 to the present, the entire country would sit up and take notice. Drastic actions would be taken to prevent further crashes. But that’s how many people we’ve lost to overdoses and our efforts seem half-hearted.

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Ren in National News
January 15, 2020

How Can We Make REAL Progress on the Drug Crisis in the 2020s?

We have just passed into a new year and a new decade. There is some significance to that. We are saying our goodbyes to 2019 and the 2010s and saying hello to the year 2020 and the new decade of the 2020s. There is much that we need to work on in the new year and the new decade.

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