Drug Rehabs Should Do More Than Save Lives

Rehab performs the heroic task of saving lives on an immediate basis. But should it do more? If it is to be an effective part of solving a problem as deep and as wide as addiction it should; by reducing future risk of death.


Karen Hadley in Drug Trends
September 18, 2020

After a Long Decline, Drug Overdose Deaths Experience Upturn

In September 2019, I wrote a perhaps overly optimistic piece about the fact that America was finally seeing a downturn in overdose deaths. In the more than ten years I’d been writing about this topic, I had only seen the steadiest of climbs in these numbers. I had no idea—and neither did anyone else—how much worse things would get.


Ren in Drug-Related News
August 25, 2020

A Growing Drug Problem in Maryland Raises Concern

Drug overdoses are one of the leading health problems in the United States. And while drug addiction is present in every U.S. state, the crisis touches down with more force in some states than in others. Maryland is one such state.



What if Car Crashes Increased at the Same Rate as Drug Overdoses? What Would Public Reaction Be Then?

While drug overdose deaths climbed from 16,800 to more than 70,000 over a 20 year period, was America’s response appropriately strong and determined? If not, why not?


Ren in Information on U.S. States
November 6, 2018

Top Priorities for Reducing the American Addiction Epidemic

Drug and alcohol addiction is said by some to be the bane of our health in 21st-century America. And that’s not far off the mark either.


The Shocking Truth About America's Opioid Use

Recently, I was editing an article about the opioid epidemic and I read a statistic that seemed quite salient to the discussion at hand. It seemed to illustrate the problem in a clear easy to understand fashion that anyone could understand.


Ren in Drug overdoses
September 8, 2018

Adolescent Drug Overdoses Back on the Rise—Addressing a Growing Problem

There’s been a significant climb in drug overdoses amongst people under the age of eighteen. This has cropped up just in the last few years.


Ren in Drug Information
September 4, 2018

Speedballing, Opioid Drug Overdoses, and the Condition of Addiction in America

No one necessarily wants to hear about the greatest struggles that our nation faces and how bad these problems are getting, but sometimes we have to confront these issues and really confront them.


Ren in Drug Use
August 27, 2018

Drug Abuse and Geography—Why Some Areas are Affected More Than Others Are

At this point, it is all but common knowledge that the United States is struggling with a very serious drug addiction epidemic. Since the late 1990s, this problem has been growing and expanding, creating big difficulties and significant crisis for millions upon millions of Americans.


Ren in Opioid Crisis
August 25, 2018

Why Policy Changes Aren’t Enough to Curb Overdose Epidemic

The United States is trapped in the fiery chaos of an opioid epidemic. This has been an ongoing problem for almost twenty years, a gripping quandary of efforts to resolve pain phenomena amongst Americans and yet still avoid addiction difficulties.