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 Cannabis
December 23, 2020

Increased Marijuana Use Among Young People—What Are the Long Term Effects?

Two coinciding factors are currently worrying public health experts regarding teen and adolescent health. First off, marijuana use among young people is growing. Second, it is becoming increasingly apparent that marijuana use among young people is particularly harmful to them.


Ren in Heroin addiction
December 21, 2020

Opioid Marketing Ultimately Results in Heroin Epidemic

There is no mistaking that the massive push to manufacture, distribute, and prescribe opioid pain relievers in the late-1990s and early-2000s was a huge mistake. It’s known that opioid pharmaceuticals have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. But what about the more sinister, under-reported harmful effects of the prescription opioid epidemic, like the surge in heroin addiction?


Ren in Prescription drugs
December 15, 2020

Americans Still Receive Too Many Opioid Painkillers

While opioid prescribing has declined slightly in recent years, Americans still receive far too many of these drugs—and way too easily.


Ren in Drug Prevention
December 3, 2020

What You Can Do to Prevent Drug Overdoses in 2020

There is no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year for many Americans. For those who struggle with addiction, this is even more true.


Ren in Drug Information
November 26, 2020

The Harmful Effects of Psychedelics

Despite evidence of long term consequences, psychedelics are becoming more accepted in many countries around the world.


Ren in Drug-Related News
November 15, 2020

Why Did Overdoses Drop in 2018 and Why are They on the Rise Again?

Public reports indicate the U.S. drug overdoses declined slightly in 2018. Was this the result of public policy, or was it the result of foreign nations cracking down on drug trafficking?


Ren in Alcohol
November 14, 2020

Heavy Drinking and Its Connection to Dementia

Though alcohol consumption has been all but completely normalized in American society, every year it seems we find more harmful effects connected to drinking. For example, research shows that heavy drinking in one's youth can lead to dementia in one's elderly years, only one of a host of other mental and physical problems that can occur.


Ren in Drug Information
November 5, 2020

People with Addiction Are More Susceptible to COVID-19

One of the harmful side-effects of addiction is that being hooked on drugs and alcohol makes one more susceptible to contracting various illnesses. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, that puts addicts at even greater risk.


Ren in Drug Information
October 28, 2020

Dangerous Component to Common Medicines Associated with Risky Behavior and Addiction

Common drugs found in over-the-counter cough medicines can easily be abused. Do you know what to look for?


Ren in Dealing with Addiction
October 1, 2020

Challenges that Addicts Face Seeking Treatment During COVID-19

When addicts try to get off drugs and alcohol, they often find themselves coming up against challenges and difficulties. Getting rid of an addiction is not an easy thing to do. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic is making conditions even more challenging for addicts.