Ren in News
May 31, 2023

Recent Police Raids Show Meth Is the Biggest Drug Problem in Oklahoma

A recent drug bust in Oklahoma was so alarming that the event made national headlines and prompted Oklahoma law enforcement to perform a broader investigation into drug seizures in the state.


Editorial Staff in Drug Rehab
May 1, 2023

Cherokee Nation Sets the Example for What to Do with Opioid Pharma Settlement Dollars

Upon winning a significant settlement against multiple pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma is using its settlement monies to fund the construction of a residential addiction treatment center on the tribe’s reservation.


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
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 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.


Why Is the Oklahoma Trial of Opioid-Maker Johnson & Johnson So Significant?

Many eyes are watching Oklahoma State’s lawsuit against pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson. The outcome of this trial could set a precedent for the nearly 2,000 other lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical businesses and their executives.


Karen Hadley in Drug Information
July 7, 2019

Landmark Opioid Lawsuit in Oklahoma Reveals More Pharmaceutical Culpability

In a lawsuit filed by the State of Oklahoma, we are learning more about how Johnson & Johnson helped create the opioid epidemic that has robbed more than a half-million Americans of their lives.


Ren in News
March 13, 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma Sets the Stage for Directing Addicts to Treatment, Not Jail

Good news out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city implemented a “sobering center” about six months ago. A facility where individuals detained for public intoxication can go instead of jail. Sobering centers are good alternatives to jail time, as such centers specialize in referring addicts to addiction treatment and recovery instead of just putting them through time served.


Joanne in Local News
February 12, 2018

Marijuana in the OK

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed an executive proclamation placing State Question 788 on the June 26 2018 primary election ballot. Yet, is Cannabis safe?



Enid, Oklahoma Makes “Top 15” List of Addicted Cities

Making the Top 15 List of Addicted Cities is not exactly something the Enid Chamber of Commerce wants to promote to visitors. But perhaps it’s better that the citizens of Enid know the situation in their own town.