After working in addiction treatment for several years, Ren now travels the country, studying drug trends and writing about addiction in our society. Ren is focused on using his skill as an author and counselor to promote recovery and effective solutions to the drug crisis. Connect with Ren on LinkedIn.

Ren in News
February 8, 2024

Methamphetamine Overdose Deaths on the Rise in Indian Country

Methamphetamine is an addictive drug that causes several harmful effects in users, including addiction, long-term health conditions, and death. While anyone can become hooked on the drug and while meth-related deaths are climbing nationwide, studies show meth addiction and death are having a disproportionate effect on Native American communities, particularly on Native American youths.


Ren in News
May 31, 2023

Recent Police Raids Show Meth Is the Biggest Drug Problem in Oklahoma

A recent drug bust in Oklahoma was so alarming that the event made national headlines and prompted Oklahoma law enforcement to perform a broader investigation into drug seizures in the state.


Ren in Drug prevention
March 6, 2023

Resources for Disposing of Unused Pharmaceutical Drugs in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has struggled with one of the worst prescription drug addiction epidemics. Given that a growing number of young people are getting their first experience with prescription drugs by finding meds at home, a critical step in ending this public health crisis will be informing parents and families about removing unused prescription drugs from Sooner State households. Thankfully, there is frequent Prescription Drug Take Back events and safe locations where concerned residents can properly dispose of unused pharmaceutical drugs.


Ren in Local News
February 8, 2023

Oklahoma Makes Progress in Holding Opioid Makers and Distributors Accountable

Recently, the Oklahoma State Justice Department succeeded in coming to a settlement with drugmaker Allergan and pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. The settlement came out to about $226 million, funds that Oklahoma won from the four corporations for their harmful role in advancing the opioid epidemic. This settlement is a victory for Oklahoma, as the Sooner State has been one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, especially regarding prescription opioid addiction.


Ren in Legislation
November 9, 2022

Oklahoma Officials Reach Opioid Settlement with Drug Companies

Oklahoma, a state ravaged by the opioid epidemic and a number of addiction crises that followed, just secured a $250 million settlement with pharma distributors McKesson, Cardinal, and AmerisourceBergen for the role those companies played in Oklahoma’s addiction epidemic. Hopefully, Oklahoma will use the settlement to fund desperately needed treatment programs for struggling addicts.


Ren in Prescription drug abuse
May 25, 2022

Oklahoma Has One of the Worst Prescription Drug Abuse Problems in the Nation

Recent reports claim Oklahoma has the highest percentage of individuals 12 and older who are addicted to prescription drugs. But this is not a sudden or recent crisis. Rather, the above statistic represents more than a decade in the development of a sinister addiction crisis in Oklahoma, one where thousands of Oklahomans became addicted to the pills they thought would help them.


Ren in Local News
May 5, 2022

Methamphetamine Deaths Surge in Oklahoma

Methamphetamine overdose deaths have tripled across the United States. A drug that was not often flagged as the cause of death in drug use cases is now a life-threatening substance. And in the state of Oklahoma, it’s the #1 killer.


Ren in Local News
April 28, 2022

Indigenous Tribes Label Opioid Overdose Deaths a National Emergency

Indigenous tribes across the nation have made national headlines for officially labeling opioid overdose deaths as national emergencies. Indigenous tribes such as the Blackfeet of Montana and the Cherokee of Oklahoma are just two of the latest tribal nations to announce that opioid addiction is a crisis-level emergency within their tribal lands.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
March 31, 2022

The U.S. Surpasses 1 Million Fatalities from the Addiction Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking annual drug-related fatalities in the late-1990s. Since then, estimates show that over 1,000,000 people have died in the United States from drug overdoses, a grim milestone and a wake-up call for the American people.


Ren in Recovery
January 19, 2022

Committing to Recovery in 2022

It’s a new year, and with a new year comes new commitments and new decisions. For those struggling with addiction, now is the time to get better. Now is the time to seek treatment and finally step away from drug and alcohol abuse.