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 Information on U.S. States
January 15, 2020

Prevention and Rehabilitation Solution to the 21st-Century’s Worst Public Health Crisis

With the onset of the New Year and the new decade ahead , I decided to do some light reading of health-related reports for the last twenty years, as well as projections for the coming decade. I happened across a report from Brookings. Its opening statement was pretty grim.


Ren in Legislation
January 8, 2020

Ohio’s Recent Groundbreaking Settlement with Big Pharma

In the last year, several pharmaceutical lawsuits have come to the forefront of our attention. We can thank the media for that. But in this case, it’s a good thing that these lawsuits have been reported on so extensively. We’re speaking of course of the state and federal lawsuits against pharma companies for the hand that such organizations played in the creation of the opiate epidemic.


Ren in Recovery
January 4, 2020

Hitting the Gym – Why Intensive Exercise Is Beneficial to Recovery

There are many benefits to hitting the gym for those in recovery. Read on to find out why.


Ren in Health risks
January 1, 2020

Don’t be a Guinea Pig – The Importance of Knowing What You Put Into Your Body

We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” When I went off to college and traded my parents’ home-cooked, farm-grown three meals a day for cheap cafeteria food, boy did that distinction become apparent. But I think we can take that old saying a step further. Yes, you are what you eat.


Ren in Health risks
December 28, 2019

Flesh-Rotting Bacteria in Heroin Now Linked to Several Poisoning Deaths

The conversation on heroin has almost always centered on overdose and for a good reason. The statistics on heroin overdoses are frightening (more on the statistics later). But now a new threat has appeared on the horizon. Now, it’s not just overdosing that addicts and their family members and loved ones have to worry about.


Ren in Family Addiction
December 18, 2019

How Can You Tell if Your Loved One Is Using Opiates?

We’ve come to see that drug addiction is a highly dangerous, and potentially lethal situation. Not only that, drug addiction is a lot more common than it used to be. In my research, I happened across a statistic I hadn’t seen in a while, and I was reminded of just how big the problem has grown.


Ren in News
December 5, 2019

How Communities Can Create a Safe Environment for Addiction Recovery

For decades, the War on Drugs, part of a punitive, incarceration-based system has been the state and federal approach to crimes of drug possession and drug use. But a recent story in USA Today talked about a community in the Chicago area that is offering an olive branch to addicts.


Ren in Drug Information
December 4, 2019

What is Meth 2.0?

Every year it seems, there is a new drug on the scene or a new strain of a drug that is even worse than the last one. Case in point, reports are coming in from the Southeast about a new type of methamphetamine that is so potent it’s killing users. They’re calling it Meth 2.0.


Ren in Alcohol
December 3, 2019

Trying to Have a Baby? A New Study Suggests Mom AND Dad Should Cease Alcohol Consumption

A new study from the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has drawn a link between alcohol consumption before pregnancy and future, congenital birth defects.


Ren in Drug abuse
November 27, 2019

The Most Lethal Drugs in the U.S.

According to a U.S. News article, 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2017. That number was up 10.4 percent from the 63,632 people who died from drug overdoses in 2016. Overdose deaths are on the rise in America, and they have been since the turn of the century.