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 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.


Ren in Sobriety
December 15, 2021

Preventing Substance Abuse During the Holidays and New Year

The holidays can be a moment of great cheer, of special family gatherings, of putting aside the troubles of the world and coming together with those who matter most. But for those who are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction and for those who are simply trying to avoid mind-altering substances, this can be a particularly difficult time.


Ren in Legislation
December 10, 2021

Oklahoma Supreme Court Sides with Johnson & Johnson in Opioid Lawsuit

The last few years have seen hundreds of court cases levied against pharmaceutical companies for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic. One recent development came in the form of an unfortunate loss for plaintiffs, when the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson.


Ren in Alcohol
December 9, 2021

How Alcohol Consumption Affects the Aging Process

When people think about the harm caused by alcohol consumption, their thoughts almost immediately go to alcohol misuse, binge drinking, alcohol addiction, and other forms of excessive alcohol use. However, research findings have shown that even drinking “in moderation“ causes harm, especially when extrapolated over a lifetime.


Ren in Drug Addiction
December 6, 2021

The Role of Stigma and Addiction and How to Combat It

Expressing stigma towards addicts does nothing to help them. Stigma adds fuel to the roaring blaze of America’s addiction emergency, making it more difficult to solve the public health crisis. If more Americans could overcome the stigma associated with addiction, communities would be one step closer to solving the addiction epidemic.