Karen Hadley in Drug Use
February 1, 2024

Why Are So Many People Mixing Opioids and Stimulants?

This article explores the growing trend of combining opioids and stimulants, known as speedballing, among drug users. Learn the reasons behind this practice, including the desire to offset the negative effects of each drug or to achieve a specific high considered desirable. The outcome can be addiction, physical harm or death.


Ren in Drug-Related News
April 26, 2023

Cocaine Deaths Surge as Autopsies Reveal Fentanyl in Most Cocaine Overdoses

One of the most critical developments of the last decade concerning drug abuse has been stories of traces of synthetic opioids creeping into local supplies of drugs, types of drugs previously thought to be “non-lethal” (or drugs that were thought to be less lethal than others).


Ren in News
December 9, 2022

Recent Overdoses in New York Show How Drug Abuse can Harm People of All Backgrounds

When three New Yorkers of remarkably different backgrounds overdosed and died on the same day, many believed their deaths were coincidental. But investigators later began to see a pattern when they discovered that all three users had ordered drugs from the same dealer. The story that followed unveiled numerous warning signs, lessons that Americans must learn to prevent more overdose deaths.


Ren in Opioid Crisis
December 29, 2021

The Western and Midwestern U.S. Hard Hit by Fentanyl Overdoses

For much of the 2010s, fentanyl addiction and overdoses surged in regional areas like the Northeast, Appalachia, and the Southeast. At the time, many experts believed fentanyl addiction and overdose would remain a localized crisis, not a national one. Unfortunately, recent reporting has indicated that the scope of fentanyl addiction and overdose has largely broadened, with the Midwest, Southwest, West Coast, and Pacific Northwest now being ravaged by fentanyl addiction and overdose deaths.


Ren in Opioid Crisis
June 8, 2021

How Fentanyl Addiction Surged in America

Since the turn of the century, drug overdose fatalities have surged across America. While several different types of drugs have contributed to the crisis, opioids (especially fentanyl) have caused most of the deaths. How does one drug contribute to so much death across the country?