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 Opioid Crisis
April 14, 2022

Opioid Addiction on the Rise Among Older Americans

The opioid addiction epidemic is a nationwide public health crisis that’s claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans since the turn of the century. The epidemic has become so widespread that it’s affected every demographic of the American population, including the elderly. Given the unique risk factors that older populations who misuse opioids face, public health efforts and policy should be directed at helping the elderly seek treatment.


Ren in Drug Addiction
April 13, 2022

Military Personnel at Higher Risk for Alcohol Addiction but with Fewer Options for Treatment

One branch of the military, National Guard soldiers, are at higher risk than other service members of falling prey to alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, this group has fewer options for treatment than members of other military branches. These factors create dangerous situations for National Guard members.


Ren in News
March 31, 2022

Johnson & Johnson and Major Distributors Agree to $26 Billion Settlement for Role in Opioid Epidemic

In late February of this year, drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major pharmaceutical distributors agreed to settle with plaintiffs from almost every U.S. state for the role J&J and the distributors played in fueling the opioid epidemic.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
January 26, 2022

Opioid Addicts Just as Likely to Die as Heart Attack Patients

A new study revealed that opioid addicts who survive a drug overdose have the same death rate following hospital discharge as people who survive a heart attack. But why draw the comparison? Because while it is well known that heart attacks are a major cause of death in the U.S., Americans are only just now waking up to the fact that opioid overdoses are vying for a top position on America’s list of leading causes of death.


Ren in News
December 23, 2021

New Study Finds Half of Alcohol Consumers Cannot Safely Measure Their Level of Intoxication

It’s a known fact that alcohol consumption impairs one’s awareness of self, making the individual a poor judge of their physical abilities and tolerance. With that in mind, it’s quite concerning but not surprising that a new study found upwards of 50% of drinkers believe they are sober enough to drive when they are not.


Ren in Professionals and addiction
December 2, 2021

Drug Addiction Among Finance Professionals

One common belief about drug addiction is that such addictions only occur in people who are unemployed, impoverished, or already beset with a serious life crisis. Contrary to that notion, anyone can struggle with addiction, including business professionals and finance experts.


Ren in Youth Drug Use
November 11, 2021

Debunking Stimulant Abuse for “Improved College Performance”

Years have gone by and the myth of prescription stimulant use for “improved college performance“ still exists among college students seeking to boost their test scores. Finally, there is enough scientific data on the real effects of misusing prescription stimulants to firmly indicate what really happens when college students experiment with these drugs.


Ren in Professionals and addiction
October 28, 2021

Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Aviation

Substance abuse negatively affects every American industry through critical harms like: Lost productivity. Workplace accidents. Injuries. Missed work. Excessive sick days. Low morale. Interpersonal conflicts. Increased illness.


Ren in Drug Abuse
September 23, 2021

The Myth of Functional Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction are serious crises of the body and mind that can affect anyone. Even managers and business owners, persons who appear to be doing well in their chosen careers, can fall prey to addiction.


Ren in Professionals and addiction
September 16, 2021

Drug Addiction in Professional Sports

Drug addiction can appear in all walks of life, even among the very successful. Given the psychological stress and the physical demands of professional sports, even America’s top athletes can sometimes become addicted to opioid pain relievers, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances.