AMERICAN OPIOIDS EPIDEMIC

Ren in National News
September 24, 2020

Drug Overdoses Are Back on the Rise

For the first time in three decades, the United States experienced a dip in drug overdose deaths. It was short-lived, though, as preliminary data from the CDC now indicates that overdoses are back on the rise. What will it take to halt a growing health crisis that has plagued Americans for one-third of a century?

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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.

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Ren in Information on U.S. States
September 10, 2019

Why Is the World’s Wealthiest Nation Also a World Leader in Drug Overdoses?

The United States is undoubtedly one of the most powerful, wealthiest, and most advanced countries in the world. And while we should always anticipate some shortcomings in even the greatest of nations, it comes as a surprise that the United States takes fifth place in the entire world for drug overdose deaths. The U.S. is ahead of almost all other developed nations for drug overdoses. The U.S. also loses more people per capita to drug overdoses than most third-world countries. How could this be?

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Ren in Drug Addiction
July 17, 2019

Addiction Throughout the Ages

When seeking to address the 21st-century addiction epidemic, one of the first lessons to learn is that this is not a new problem.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
July 16, 2019

Could Hospitals Institute Policies for Non Opioid Pain Management?

For decades, drug addiction has been a problem in the United States. We continuously see the daily headlines of terror and trauma relating to addiction. We are inclined to think that this is a new problem. In actual fact, this is not a new problem at all. There is just more of the problem.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 29, 2019

How Do We Treat Addiction and Pain?

The issue with opioid pain relievers has the appearance of one of those unsolvable paradoxes. If we reduce access to opioid pharmaceuticals considerably, patients who experience chronic and severe pain issues might not be able to access pain relief. But in that same token, if we continue to accept opioid pharmaceuticals as standard medical practice and utilize them to the degree that we are, millions of Americans will become addicted to them, and thousands will die from overdoses on them. That is the brutal truth of the matter.

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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 Prescription drugs
March 24, 2019

Exploring a Proposed Reduction in Opioid Prescribing

Let’s talk about one of the most controversial subjects in pharmaceutical prescribing. This is the current proposal for reducing opioid prescribing to curb the opioid epidemic.

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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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Drug Overdoses Compared to Other Countries

I went a few years without listening to the radio. Premium memberships to online streaming stations, why bother? But a few days ago I was driving across the state, coincidentally through an internet dead zone.

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