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 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.


Ren in Addiction
February 12, 2020

Binge Drinking and Alcohol Deaths on the Rise – Helping a Loved One Who Drinks to Excess

Alcohol is the dagger in the back of millions of Americans. Socially accepted, consumed everywhere and by almost everyone, and even encouraged to some degree, alcohol is yet the most lethal substance abuse problem in America.


Ren in Drug overdoses
February 10, 2020

Drug Overdoses Still Claim More Lives than HIV/AIDS, Gun Violence, and Car Accidents

Recent reports suggest that drug overdoses are on their way down. Yet when we look at the numbers, this is still one of the most lethal problems America faces.


Ren in Drug Information
November 30, 2018

Sedative Drugs—a New Source of Overdose

Every year it seems, every month or week even, we seem to hear something terrible happening in the news or in our communities that has to do with drug and alcohol abuse.


Ren in Drug Information
November 13, 2018

Teens and Young Adults Abusing ADHD Meds

The use and abuse of stimulant, pharmaceutical drugs are on the rise amongst American teens and young adults. These are drugs like Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall, pharmaceuticals designed to treat ADD, ADHD, OCD, etc.


Ren in News
November 3, 2018

Will “Safe” Injection Sites Help in Addressing the California Drug Problem?

In recent news, the mayor of San Francisco, California, Mrs. London Breed, has attempted to implement the use of safe injection sites, a controversial resolution method that is still considered very unpopular and illegal in the United States.


Ren in Prescription drugs
October 27, 2018

What Happens When Abuse-Deterrent Pharmaceuticals are Still Abused

When prescription drug abuse really began to take off in the U.S., causing unprecedented damage, death, crisis, misery, and economic turmoil, many Americans chose to blame the pharmaceutical companies which made the drugs. And this was the right place to lay the blame, or at least most of it.