addiction http://ripr.org en The Warm Hand-Off http://ripr.org/post/warm-hand <p>Doctors' offices and emergency departments sometimes struggle with how to help someone in active addiction. Where do you send them once they're stabilized? How do you talk to them about their addiction? Often they don't have the resources to arrange the next steps for these patients, and therein lies a missing link for addicts who seek medical help for one reason or another but don't get into treatment for the addiction that probably played a role in their seeking medical help in the first place.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:55:19 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32204 at http://ripr.org RI Launches New Programs To Treat Addicts, Prevent Overdoses http://ripr.org/post/ri-launches-new-programs-treat-addicts-prevent-overdoses <p>State leaders have announced some new steps in the fight against prescription painkiller and heroin addiction. The news accompanies the release of the latest grim numbers of drug overdose deaths. &nbsp;</p><p>Rhode Island health department head Michael Fine told a standing-room-only crowd at the Anchor Community Recovery Center in Pawtucket that 85 people have died since January from suspected drug overdoses, mostly heroin. Hundreds more have overdosed but survived, he said, thanks to an antidote called Narcan, which first responders carry.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:32:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32203 at http://ripr.org RI Launches New Programs To Treat Addicts, Prevent Overdoses Keeping The Spotlight On Overdose, Addiction http://ripr.org/post/keeping-spotlight-overdose-addiction <p>Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog post titled "Hearing Heroin Everywhere." If I were to rewrite that title today, it'd be "Hearing Narcan Everywhere." It seems the conversation has changed a bit from "Houston, we have a problem," to "Houston, how do we stop this thing?" But I'm confident most health care providers and people affected by addiction and overdose would agree that the fact that we're still having the conversation - publicly, in the media, in public forums, at city halls - is a good thing.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:44:51 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31712 at http://ripr.org Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns http://ripr.org/post/women-infants-sees-surge-opioid-addicted-newborns <p>The rising number of Rhode Islanders struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has brought an increase in babies born addicted to these substances. And Women &amp; Infants Hospital is treating a growing number of them.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31381 at http://ripr.org Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. http://ripr.org/post/miss-our-policy-pinot-overdose-listen-here <p>We had a full house at the Providence Athenaeum last week. If you weren't able to join us, not to worry. You can listen to the full program right here.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio, in concert with the lovely Providence Athenaeum, hosted a stellar group of panelists for this one hour radio show taped in front of a live audience. Guests included a recovering addict and overdose survivor, an addiction medicine and infectious disease specialist, a drug abuse epidemiologist, a Warwick police captain trained in mental health first aid, and an addiction treatment specialist.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:53:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30572 at http://ripr.org Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. New Rules Let Doctors Give Narcan To Friends, Family http://ripr.org/post/new-rules-let-doctors-give-narcan-friends-family <p>Rhode Island’s health department has issued <a href="http://sos.ri.gov/documents/archives/regdocs/released/pdf/DOH/7687.pdf">new emergency regulations </a>designed to make it easier to access a drug called naloxone, used to reverse drug overdoses. The new rules come in response to a spike in deaths from heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:58:08 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30453 at http://ripr.org New Rules Let Doctors Give Narcan To Friends, Family Miss Policy & Pinot At The Athenaeum? Listen Sunday! http://ripr.org/post/miss-policy-pinot-athenaeum-listen-sunday <p>If you weren't able to join us last night at the Providence Athenaeum for Policy &amp; Pinot - "Killer Drugs: Tackling Opioid Addiction and Overdose in Rhode Island" - not to worry. We recorded the program and will broadcast it Sunday, March 16 at 6 pm here on Rhode Island Public Radio. But we're sorry we missed you!</p><p>-------</p><p>More about last night's Policy &amp; Pinot at the Providence Athenaeum</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:23:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30336 at http://ripr.org RI Lawmakers Mull New Drug Abuse, Overdose Bills http://ripr.org/post/ri-lawmakers-mull-new-drug-abuse-overdose-bills <p>The Senate Health and Human Services committee will be considering a suite of proposed bills that aim to tackle the state's prescription painkiller and heroin addiction and overdose crisis.</p><p>The committee's chair, Senator Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), plans to introduce several of those bills, including:</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:38:18 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30274 at http://ripr.org Tuesday: Policy & Pinot On "Killer Drugs: Opioid Addiction And Overdose" http://ripr.org/post/tuesday-policy-pinot-killer-drugs-opioid-addiction-and-overdose <h2>Tomorrow night! Join Rhode Island Public Radio for Policy &amp; Pinot, our ongoing public discussion series held in conjunction with the <a href="http://www.providenceathenaeum.org/">Providence Athenaeum</a>.</h2><p><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Reception at 5:30 PM, program begins shortly after.</p><p><strong>Where: </strong>The Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI. Some street parking available.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:55:31 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30205 at http://ripr.org Killer Drugs: Tackling Opioid Addiction And Overdose http://ripr.org/post/killer-drugs-tackling-opioid-addiction-and-overdose <p>A special report on the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose. We examine how our problem with prescription painkiller and heroin addiction and overdose got so bad, what it's like to respond to this crisis on the front lines, and how communities, and addicts, can recover.</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:41:25 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30084 at http://ripr.org Killer Drugs: Tackling Opioid Addiction And Overdose