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-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?


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.


Is Europe At-Risk for Krokodil Trafficking from Russia?

Krokodil is an extremely toxic drug that’s cropped up in Russian cities. A relatively new drug that can be made at home with a few simple ingredients, there is a great deal of risk in krokodil use. Has the drug made its way into Europe yet? And if not, how do Europeans prevent a krokodil epidemic from manifesting?


Ren in Drug abuse
December 23, 2020

Is Drug Use in Amsterdam Just For Tourists? Apparently Not

Amsterdam is often stereotyped as a drug-use hotspot, but some may feel that the city's recreational drug use is just for tourists. Furthermore, local Amsterdam residents may reject the stereotype. So what's the truth about drug use in Amsterdam?


Ren in Drug abuse
November 26, 2020

What Are Amsterdam’s “Coffee Shops”?

Whether intentional or not, Amsterdam has earned itself international recognition for its lax drug use policy. In fact, the city has almost become synonymous with “A place to travel to for drugs and partying.” The locals are not happy about this. Could the “coffee shops” that started it all become a thing of the past?