Ren in Opioids
June 7, 2019

Treating Pain While Avoiding Addiction—How Can We Help Pain Patients and Also Reduce Opioid Consumption?

An article in the Washington Post from early April 2019 focuses on Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senator from New York and a possible contender for the presidential candidacy in 2020. The article discusses Gillibrand’s efforts to curb the opioid crisis and the criticism she has received in doing so.


Ren in Opioid Crisis
November 2, 2018

How Hospitals Might Prevent Patients from Becoming Addicts

Let’s take a moment, let’s gird our loins, and let’s talk about something that many of us probably don’t even want to think about, much less discuss.


Karen Hadley in Addiction
July 21, 2018

How to Launch an Epidemic of Addiction

Apparently, it’s ridiculously easy to launch an epidemic to any drug you choose. And it will work with not just ONE drug, but ONE DRUG AFTER ANOTHER. Addiction to many drugs can be instigated in a heartbreaking series though use of this one simple tactic .


Ren in Prescription drug abuse
July 17, 2018

Painkiller Abuse has Long-Term Health Consequences

It is no mystery to anyone that the use and abuse of painkiller drugs, for self-medicative or recreational reasons, is an extremely unhealthy choice. This is no mystery to us.


Sue Birkenshaw in Narconon
July 3, 2018

A Brief History of Painkiller Abuse

Americans’ problems with pain meds go back a century or more for medicinal purposes as well as recreational. The primary ingredient in the substances comes from the poppy plant which has been around for thousands of years. The active ingredient in painkillers is the drug Morphine.


Sue Birkenshaw in Opioids
September 4, 2012

Illicit Use Declines But Painkiller Epidemic Continues

The nation’s fastest-growing drug problem isn’t the abuse of cocaine or methamphetamine. Heroin is also not the number one concern. The issue of prescription painkiller abuse is the number one drug problem gaining national attention at this moment.


Sue Birkenshaw in Narconon
August 22, 2012

Painkiller Sales Soar and Fuel Addiction

The problem has been brewing for years. Sales of painkillers began to make an unusual climb in 2000 and by 2010, had reached levels far beyond anything reasonable. Certainly, painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin help people after serious injuries.