Ren in Legislation
July 17, 2019

Pharma Loses Major Lawsuit

Many of us silently cheer when we hear about a mega-corporation losing a lawsuit against an underdog. This particular aspect of human nature is evidenced in Hollywood films, music, books, pop culture, and bedtime stories.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
April 23, 2019

Unhappy Americans & An “Epidemic of Addiction”

A March 21st edition in the Washington Post caught my eye for its leading article by Allyson Chiu. The article was titled, “Americans Are The Unhappiest They’ve Ever Been, U.N. Report Finds.” An interesting topic certainly, but what really caught my eye was the subheading: “An ’Epidemic of Addictions’ Could be to Blame.” Now that had my attention.


Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising

According to a Washington Post article published February 2015, the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries that allow direct to consumer advertising for pharmaceutical products.


Ren in Prescription drugs
November 22, 2018

The Need to Reduce Opioid Overprescribing

Our country is struggling with a serious opioid dependence problem, a problem that has been contributed to exorbitantly by excessive and ongoing over prescribing of opioid pain relievers.


Ren in Family Help
November 17, 2018

Are We Overmedicating Kids with Addictive Drugs?

It is completely normal for us parents to be more than a little bit concerned with protecting our children’s health. We want our kids to be healthy, happy, and to live well. And being healthy means a whole lot more than just being physically healthy too. It also means being mentally healthy.


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.


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.


Ren in Prescription drugs
October 23, 2018

The Importance of Taking Care of Our Health Without Falling Prey to Overmedication

We live in a very peculiar, very unique time in society right now. Let’s look at this. In the United States, our medicine and our approaches to health are more incredibly advanced than they have ever been in our history. Yet in that same token, the problems that we face and the threats to our health are also possibly more severe than they have been in many decades. And at the end of the day, the American people do not have nearly as high of a health ranking as they should, given our technology and medical prowess. Why is this?


Ren in Opioids
October 18, 2018

How Our Underestimation of Opioids Lead to an Epidemic

At this point, it is pretty clear to me that the United States of America is suffering from a crippling and extremely derisive opioid addiction epidemic. Sometimes, we have a hard time swallowing this bitter truth.


Karen Hadley in Addiction
March 21, 2017

Just a Box in the Street… But it Tells an Important Story

It was just a grubby, flattened box that had obviously been driven over a hundred times as it lay in the street. But since it had once held a constipation remedy, could it have been a sign of heroin or opioid addiction in the neighborhood?