Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 15, 2023

Fatal Heart Infections Linked to Opioid Addiction Soar Among Youth

Scientific researchers are finding a grim answer to why growing numbers of young Americans are dying from the effects of heart failure, endocarditis, strokes, and leaking heart valves. Researchers have determined that opioid abuse among young people is the common denominator for several rising heart-related diseases and fatalities among Americans ages 15 to 44.


Editorial Staff in News
October 14, 2022

Marijuana and Hallucinogen Use Reach All-Time High Among Young Adults

Monitoring substance abuse trends among young people provides a clear view of developing drug problems nationwide. Recent studies in this area suggest that certain types of drug use are now the highest they’ve ever been for young people, painting a dire picture of what the future may look like unless these trends are curbed.


Ren in Marijuana
August 12, 2021

Young People Face Increased Risk From Cannabis Consumption

The subject of heated debate and an ongoing discussion regarding its legalization, marijuana has become a common talking point at American dinner tables, in school classrooms, and on political stages. And though many states have moved towards legalizing the substance, doing so may have harmful implications for young people.


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
August 4, 2021

Alcoholic Energy Drinks – The Rise and Fall of a Dangerous Substance Marketed to Young People

What are alcoholic energy drinks? And why were they banned? Are they still banned?


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 Family Help
November 13, 2020

Social Media Exposes Kids to Drug Content—Parents Need to Educate Their Kids About Drugs

The rise of social media has brought with it an entirely new world in which the teenagers of today were born into a life of apps, internet, smartphones, and online social experiences that can sometimes be harmful.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
September 6, 2019

Substance Abuse, Native Youth, and Reversing a Harsh Trend

Drug addiction and alcohol misuse are human problems. By that I mean, this crippling crisis can befall anyone. No one is immune to the threat of addiction. No amount of money or social status can protect someone from the risk of addiction.


Ren in Drug Prevention
August 17, 2019

Safeguarding Our Future—Marijuana and Alcohol Use among Youth

The health and well-being of our young people is something to safeguard. Our youth of today are our leaders of tomorrow. An investment in their future is really an investment in ours, too. As parents, we want our kids to grow up to lead successful, happy, and healthy lives.


Ren in Opioids
June 23, 2019

Opioid Prescribing to Young People Still Ongoing

For years, finding data on young adult and adolescent opioid prescribing was more akin to a deep sea treasure hunt than a cursory scan of the internet. There just wasn’t a lot of information out there. But now that’s changing. People are becoming more aware of adolescent opioid prescribing.


Overdose Rates among American Youth Back on the Rise

Hearing about the effects of our country’s drug addiction epidemic is difficult. It's never a pleasant subject to talk about. But, when we hear about drug addiction or alcoholism occurring in young people, that particular crisis carries with it an extra pang of sadness.