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 Rehab
November 4, 2021

Efforts Towards Harm Reduction Overshadow Efforts Towards Treating Addiction in Switzerland

Switzerland is often hailed as a success for lowering drug overdose deaths among its residents. But closer inspection reveals Swiss public health officials and policymakers aren’t solving the addiction problem, they’re merely putting it off.


Ren in News
October 21, 2021

The Czech Republic – A Hotspot for Drug Addiction in Europe

Drug abuse statistics are relatively predictable across most of Europe. However, some regions on the European continent do experience surges in drug use trends. The Czech Republic is one such case.


Ren in Drug abuse
October 14, 2021

Addiction Treatment Still Badly Needed in Germany

To the casual observer, it would appear that Germany has escaped much of the worst effects of the worldwide opioid epidemic. But this is not entirely true. While Germany has implemented many harm reduction programs to help cover up the problem, actual addiction treatment resources (what helps people break free from addiction permanently) are still badly needed in Germany.


Ren in Drug Information
September 23, 2021

Albania’s Struggle with Cocaine Addiction

Though it has made some headlines in American and European media, few have gotten the real story on cocaine addiction and the spread of drug abuse in Albania. What is the scope of drug addiction in that country? And what should be done for those addicted?


Ren in Drug-Related News
April 29, 2021

What Is the Scope of Drug Addiction in Poland?

Poland’s public health organizations send a multitude of drug statistics to organizations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. What would a concise summary of those drug use statistics look like?


Ren in Sweden
April 22, 2021

Sweden’s Unapologetic Criminalization of Drug Addiction

While Sweden is thought to be forward-thinking in many areas of public life, the country has criminalized drugs and taken a strict, no-tolerance policy towards drugs. Is this approach workable?


Alcohol Abuse in Austria—A Serious Problem

Across the world, alcohol consumption varies considerably, from population to population. In Austria, alcohol consumption per person is markedly higher than in most countries. Does this lead to more alcohol addiction among Austrian residents?


Estonia’s Fentanyl Epidemic

Estonia became ground zero for a fentanyl addiction epidemic in Europe in the mid-2010s. Progress has been made in addressing this crisis, but some Estonians still suffering from addiction. What needs to be done to resolve addiction emergencies in Estonia once and for all?


Ren in Drug Information
February 25, 2021

What is the Scope of Drug Addiction in Israel?

Drug and alcohol addiction trends manifest differently in different countries. What does addiction look like in Israel?


Ren in Alcohol Abuse
February 18, 2021

Drug Use Down, Alcohol Use Up—Germany's Struggle with Alcohol Addiction

Germany has, in many ways, led Europe in keeping addiction statistics to a minimum. When it comes to drug addiction, the country has one of the lowest per-capita drug use rates in Europe. And Germany all but avoided the opioid epidemic. How then is it that Germany has such a significant problem with alcohol addiction?