Substance Abuse

The Pulse
1:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

What It Takes To Curb Rx Overdose Deaths

That's the question vexing public health directors - and anyone with a loved one who's experienced one -  everywhere. That includes Rhode Island, where health department chief Dr. Michael Fine named combating prescription drug overdose deaths one of his top priorities.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse, One Log In At a Time

Prescription bottles
Credit US Marine Corps / via Wikimedia Commons

For Rhode Islanders between 15 and 44 years old, the leading cause of death is accidental drug overdose, usually involving prescription painkillers.  State health leaders are calling it an epidemic. There’s growing evidence that tracking the number of pills doctors prescribe to potential abusers might ease the problem. But Rhode Island’s fledgling prescription drug monitoring program is just getting started.

The dark side of opiates

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The Pulse
2:36 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Prescribing Painkillers: What the Health Dept. Recommends

Recently, I reported on Rhode Island's fledgling prescription drug monitoring program (listen to that story here). It's a program that's supposed to spot troubling trends in prescription drug misuse. And as you might know, there's plenty of trouble to spot in Rhode Island, where prescription drug overdose death rates have soared along with rates of addiction to narcotic painkillers.

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The Pulse
4:03 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

No Funding Yet for Pilot to Divert "Frequent Fliers" From ER

Providence emergency rescue units
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Perhaps you remember hearing or reading about a plan to divert so-called "frequent fliers" - meaning frequently intoxicated emergency room users - from ERs to some kind of sobering center?

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Health Care
12:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

The Silver Boom: More Seniors Seek Treatment, But Fewer Options

More seniors are seeking substance abuse treatment, but treatment options for seniors are declining.
Credit US Dept. of Health and Human Services / Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Addiction and Recovery
5:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Silver Boom: Senior Substance Abuse Grows, Resources Lag

Sam Bynum at The Anchor Center in Pawtucket, RI.
Credit Felicia Lesnett / The Providence Center

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60.  In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island,” we’re looking this week at how the state will take care of this expanding older population, and how it can benefit from it. Here’s an in-depth look at the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction among seniors, beginning at a community recovery center in Pawtucket.

Sam Bynum wasn’t born an alcoholic. But, like many alcoholics will tell you, the signs were there early on.

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Health Care
2:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mass. docs want tighter controls on medical marijuana

In Rhode Island, medical marijuana is already legal, through people who are so-called “caregivers” selling to patients. The state has established three “compassion centers” that haven’t opened yet. In Massachusetts, regulators are still considering how to implement the law. Doctors there want tighter controls.

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Health Care
5:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

A place to sober up, instead of ER, for "frequent fliers"

A proposal is taking shape to divert frequent users of emergency rooms into a substance abuse treatment facility, instead. Rhode Island’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare has pitched a pilot program for Providence that would transport drunk or high people to a sobering center. Staff there could then connect them with more treatment or housing and job services. Dale Klatzker heads The Providence Center, one of the state’s largest community mental health organizations. He says marshaling the resources to address this social problem will be difficult.

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Health Care
12:54 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

New program pairs addiction recovery and exercise

Credit Photo by: Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A new partnership between The Providence Center and the Greater Providence YMCA launches today to help people recovering from drug addiction lead healthier lives. The second Anchor Recovery Community Center is now open for business.

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Morning News Podcast
10:25 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Heavy winds, heavy rain, and warmer than usual temperatures.  We have an interesting start to  the day.  State education officials are defending standardized test scores as a requirement for high school diplomas. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.


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