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 Addiction
July 16, 2020

How Do We Address the Stigma Surrounding Addiction?

Stigma surrounds addiction like an impenetrable veil. It undoubtedly causes harm and slows our progress towards effectively addressing addiction and overcoming it. How do we reduce this stigma?


Ren in Drug information
June 18, 2020

COVID-19, Drug & Alcohol Addiction

So far, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been severe and widespread. But what about the damaging effects of the health crisis that have yet to fully realize themselves? What effect will the pandemic have on drug and alcohol addiction in America?


Physicians Paid Bonuses by Pharma Companies are More Likely to Prescribe Them

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that when a company pays a bonus, it expects something in return. This is what seems to have happened between pharmaceutical companies and doctors.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
April 22, 2020

Michigan’s Opiate Crisis

Michigan struggles with one of the worst drug problems in the country. Why is this? And what can be done about it? There is no doubt that the United States is struggling with a drug addiction crisis.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
March 23, 2020

The U.S. Still Has One of the Most Fatal Drug Problems of Developed Nations

The United States is mired in a crippling addiction epidemic. And when we zoom the camera lens out a bit, we see that we are almost alone in this crisis, at least among similar nations. What makes the U.S. drug problem unique? And how can it be remedied?


Ren in Information on U.S. States
March 19, 2020

Michigan’s Opiate Crisis—A Grim Story from the Great Lakes State

One of the most beautiful regions in the U.S. is also one of the regions most affected by the nationwide opiate epidemic. What will it take to free Michigan from the grips of its lethal addiction crisis?


Ren in Information on U.S. States
February 12, 2020

A State of Emergency – Michigan’s Substance Abuse Problem Soars

While the entire country feels the burden of the opiate epidemic, no two states experience this problem in the same way. For Michigan, the beautiful Great Lakes State, opiate addiction soars to the top of the charts. No one likes to turn on the news and see a grim report about their home state.


Ren in Opioids
November 5, 2018

Medical Schools are Finally Changing Curricula Regarding Opiate Addiction

Every decade, every year even, the United States of America suffers from a variety of problems across multiple spectrums that must be addressed. In behavioral health, addiction reigns superior as being the most dangerous health crisis our nation is currently faced with. Even from a nationwide, physical health perspective, drug and alcohol addiction is one of the most concerning factors. Of all the addiction trends and problems our country is stricken with, the opiate addiction epidemic is by far the most concerning of them all.


Ren in Drug-Related News
October 25, 2018

Anesthesia Drugs Growing in Interest Amongst Addicts

An area of substance abuse that we often do not consider is that of substance abuse in the medical community. Unfortunately, doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, nurses’ aides, orderlies, technicians, support staff, and many other medical field experts are quite prone to falling prey to substance abuse habits.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
October 23, 2018

A Heroin Epidemic in Numbers

After a time period where heroin was of little interest in the United States, heroin use has once again skyrocketed in the United States. This time, heroin abuse has befallen young people the most, young people and grown adults who are addicted to opioid pharmaceutical drugs.