drug abuse http://ripr.org en The Bottom Health Stories of 2013 http://ripr.org/post/bottom-health-stories-2013 <p>Lots of news organizations, including this one, are ticking off the year's top 10 stories. I'd like to run through some of Rhode Island's <em>bottom </em>health stories, meaning the ones <em>least </em>likely to have appeared on radar screens - but which should have. And don't worry: there's some good news in here too!</p><p>In no particular order:</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:27:29 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26878 at http://ripr.org State Lawmakers: Close Gaps In Rx Monitoring Program http://ripr.org/post/state-lawmakers-close-gaps-rx-monitoring-program <p>State lawmakers are looking at ways to strengthen Rhode Island’s prescription drug monitoring program. They say there are too many gaps in the current system that allow people to abuse prescription drugs.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:58:54 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25711 at http://ripr.org State Lawmakers: Close Gaps In Rx Monitoring Program Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country http://ripr.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-rise-college-campuses-across-country <p>College students have long been known to experiment with drinking when they’re blowing off steam, and even use illegal drugs like marijuana.</p><p></p><p>But a growing number of college students are now turning to prescription drugs to get ahead academically.</p><p>The drugs, like Adderall, are used legally to treat conditions like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and they’re increasingly common on college campuses around the country.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:01:20 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 25678 at http://ripr.org Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country 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 RI Using Some Promising Tools to Combat Overdose Deaths http://ripr.org/post/ri-using-some-promising-tools-combat-overdose-deaths <p>A new <a href="http://healthyamericans.org/reports/drugabuse2013/release.php?stateid=RI">report </a>finds that while deaths from prescription drug overdose have doubled in Rhode Island, the state has implemented many of the measures experts say can prevent those deaths.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:10:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 22880 at http://ripr.org Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse, One Log In At a Time http://ripr.org/post/fighting-prescription-drug-abuse-one-log-time <p>For Rhode Islanders between 15 and 44 years old, the leading cause of death is accidental drug overdose, usually involving prescription painkillers. &nbsp;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.</p><p><strong>The dark side of opiates</strong></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16918 at http://ripr.org Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse, One Log In At a Time RI Health Dept. Identifies Killer Synthetic Drug http://ripr.org/post/ri-health-dept-identifies-killer-synthetic-drug <p>State health officials say they have solved the mystery of a synthetic drug that’s now killed 12 people.</p><p>Department of Health officials say those who died appear to have been intravenous drug users. Most came from northern Rhode Island. It took the department’s own scientists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an independent testing lab to identify the drug the deceased were injecting. It’s a synthetic opioid called acetyl fentanyl, similar to morphine. It’s man-made, illegal, and doctors don’t prescribe it.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 20:24:46 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16092 at http://ripr.org Drug Overdose Deaths; Tracking Opioid Prescribers http://ripr.org/post/drug-overdose-deaths-tracking-opioid-prescribers <p>Opioids are narcotic painkillers, and they include popular drugs with brand names like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Demerol. Heroin is another. And while the former have eased the pain of many, all of these drugs are potential killers. They're incredibly addictive. And prescription drug overdose deaths, according to what many health care providers and experts tell me, have reached epidemic status in Rhode Island.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 20:03:36 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 15141 at http://ripr.org Drug Overdose Deaths; Tracking Opioid Prescribers Marijuana, Addiction Hot Topics on Smith Hill http://ripr.org/post/marijuana-addiction-hot-topics-smith-hill <p>There's lots going on, legislatively speaking, in the world of addiction and especially marijuana (including the fake kind). At stake: whether marijuana will be legalized (it's already approved for medical use in the state) and whether fake marijuana will be banned.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:22:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10999 at http://ripr.org