Craig Stenning http://ripr.org en 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 Hundreds turn out for 50 healthcare openings http://ripr.org/post/hundreds-turn-out-50-healthcare-openings <p>State health workers are in demand. A job fair Thursday, sponsored by the state’s Department of Labor and Training and department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, advertised 50 open positions.<br> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:12:36 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10014 at http://ripr.org