Dr. Michael Fine http://ripr.org en Health Director To Speak On State Of Health In Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/health-director-speak-state-health-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island’s department of health director doctor Michael Fine plans to brief state lawmakers Wednesday on the state of the state’s health.</p><p>Fine will update lawmakers on the state’s progress on certain health indicators. Smoking rates are down to about 17 percent. New cases of HIV are falling. But since his last briefing for the General Assembly, Fine said, the needle hasn’t moved in the right direction on another major health challenge – drug addiction and overdose.</p><p>“Drug overdose death is what’s keeping us up at night. That’s our single biggest slippage," said Fine.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29675 at http://ripr.org Health Director To Speak On State Of Health In Rhode Island Doctor's Prescription Pads May Be Part Of RI's Drug Overdose Problem http://ripr.org/post/doctors-prescription-pads-may-be-part-ris-drug-overdose-problem <p>State health officials say they don&rsquo;t know why Rhode Island has the nation&rsquo;s 13<sup>th</sup> highest rate of accidental deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses.&nbsp; They say doctors may be part of the problem.</p><p></p><p>Twenty-eight year old Ross Ricciarelli is a recovering heroin&nbsp; addict. He got started on Vicodin and progressed to Percocette. When prescriptions became hard to come by he started shooting up.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:44:05 +0000 Flo Jonic 22998 at http://ripr.org New Study Finds Rhode Island Ranks 13th in Overdoes Deaths http://ripr.org/post/new-study-finds-rhode-island-ranks-13th-overdoes-deaths <p>State health officials said they don&rsquo;t know why Rhode Island has the nation&rsquo;s 13<sup>th</sup> highest rate of accidental deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses.&nbsp; But they said doctors may be part of the problem.</p><p>Twenty-eight-year-old Ross Ricciarelli is a recovering heroin addict. He got started on Vicodin and progressed to Percocete. When prescriptions became hard to come by he started shooting up.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:01:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 22956 at http://ripr.org Thursday, January 31, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/thursday-january-31-2013 <p>Heavy winds, heavy rain, and warmer than usual temperatures.&nbsp; We have an interesting start to&nbsp; the day.&nbsp; 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.</p><p></p><p><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp;<a href="mailto: news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20podcast%20for%20Jan%2031%202013"> news@ripr.org</a></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:25:35 +0000 Lydia Rogers 9525 at http://ripr.org