OPIOID CRISIS

Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 6, 2019

How Public Interest Groups Can Reduce the Prescription Drug Addiction Epidemic

For some time now we have known that our nation’s drug crisis will not resolve with only government action alone. It’s become apparent, now twenty years into the largest addiction epidemic that our country has likely ever seen, that curbing drug addiction within our communities will take community action, as well as federal and state support.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
March 21, 2019

The Epicenters of the Opioid Crisis and What We Can Learn from Them

In my morning reading, I happened across an article in U.S. News which discussed the disparity of the opioid crisis in America. The report, written by Robert Preidt, a HealthDay reporter, focused on the opioid turmoil as it has touched down in Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, and Ohio.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
March 12, 2019

Pharmaceutical Giant Struggles to Produce a Drug Which Can “Treat” Opioid Addiction

Since the opioid crisis fully developed within the U.S. over the last two decades, pharmaceutical companies came under heavy inspection and even ruthless accusation from the American people. And not without good reason.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
February 19, 2019

Should Medical Schools Teach Doctors about Addiction?

In a nation stuck in its worst addiction epidemic yet, one would think that our medical professionals would be fully prepared to help addicted patients. But quite the opposite is true. In fact, according to Jan Hoffman’s paper for CNBC, only about 15 out of 180 medical programs in the U.S. teach their medical students about addiction to alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
February 6, 2019

How Could Doctors Play Their Role in Reducing the Opioid Epidemic?

Doctors played a decisive role in fueling the opioid epidemic whether they knew it or not.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 18, 2019

Thousands of Kids Have Fallen Prey to Fatal Poisonings on Opioids

In December of 2018, Yale University released a research paper that outlined the effects of the opioid epidemic on our nation’s children. When we look at the opioid problem, we almost always look at the adults who are addicted to these drugs, who lose their lives from these drugs.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
October 23, 2018

The Addiction Epidemic, U.S. Politics and Our Way Out

When we examine a problem as big as drug and alcohol addiction across the U.S., we need to come at this from every angle possible. Drug and alcohol addiction in the U.S.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
July 31, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic in Numbers

The United States is struggling with a health epidemic, a crippling crisis that affects more than forty percent of the U.S. population. It started as a problem. By 2006 it was a crisis. In 2012 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labeled it an epidemic.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 4, 2018

Overprescribing Trends for Opioid Painkillers—We Need Prescribing Reform Now

Perhaps the most prevalent factor of 21st-century drug addiction in the United States is that the majority of addicts are not hooked on illegal drugs. They are hooked on legal, supposedly safe, supposedly helpful, pharmaceutical drugs.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 2, 2018

People Who Survive an Overdose Still Receive Prescriptions—A Huge Flaw

The prescription drug epidemic of the 21st century has the United States in the throes of a constant, vicious cycle of addiction. In a lot of ways, this seems like a problem that we can’t escape from, no matter what we do.

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