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 Drug Information
June 22, 2020

Alcohol Abuse and Increased Risk for Stroke

There is a long list of physical harm caused by alcohol misuse. Every year, that list grows longer. Thanks to new research, there is now data that suggests alcohol misuse increases one's risk for suffering a stroke.


Ren in News
June 18, 2020

A Connection Between Medical Marijuana Advertisements and Pot Consumption Among Youth

Like alcohol advertising, new data suggests that medical marijuana advertising has a direct effect on getting young people to use pot more. How can marijuana advertising be legal and accepted if one of the results of such advertising is that youngsters start using marijuana after seeing such advertisements?


Ren in Drug Use
April 30, 2020

Long-Term Health Risks, Considering the Effects of Years of Alcohol Misuse

We know that heavy drinking has harmful effects on our health. But what about the long-term, cumulative effects of even just moderate drinking? And what happens when people start drinking very young and continue drinking for years on end? What does that do to their health in the long run? What does it do to their life span?


Ren in Drug Use
April 26, 2020

What is the Scope of Marijuana-Related Traffic Accidents?

Most of the focus regarding impaired driving goes to drunk driving. But what about drugged driving? More specifically, what about marijuana-impaired driving? This is a growing problem across America.


Ren in Drug Education
April 23, 2020

What Exactly is Khat?

There are so many different drugs out there, it can seem difficult to keep track of them all. What exactly is the khat drug, and what kind of risk does it pose to American families?


Ren in Opioid Crisis
April 15, 2020

Synthetic Opiate Overdoses On the Rise

Some opiate-related overdose deaths are on their way down while other types of opiate deaths are on the rise. Now more than ever, we have to come together and work hard to reduce ALL types of drug deaths.


Ren in Drug Use
March 8, 2020

Substance Abuse Among Commercial Drivers

Is it just me, or have there been more and more really bad accidents on freeways? Especially ones that involve semi-trucks? As it turns out, there’s a reason why we’re seeing more accidents like these…


Ren in Drug-Related News
March 1, 2020

Drug Overdoses Still Responsible for One-Third of All Accidental Deaths

A recent drop in drug overdoses in 2018 is no cause for celebration. Let's not forget, annual drug overdoses are still at least four times higher than they were at the turn of the century. There is a lot of work ahead of us to see our way out of our nation's addiction epidemic.


Ren in Drug-Related News
February 27, 2020

How to Properly Dispose of Unused Medications

Unused medications left in the home are serious accidents just waiting to happen. And in today's world, the medicine cabinet is many young people's first exposure to mind-altering drugs. Learn how to safely and ethically dispose of medications today.


How Can Community Organizations Work to Reduce Addiction?

The public health emergency of addiction is not something that will be easily overcome. We are now two decades into what might be this nation’s worst-ever drug problem. Government and individual efforts alike have not been sufficient in addressing this problem.