narcotics http://ripr.org en Overdose Memory Map http://ripr.org/post/overdose-memory-map <p>Help us remember those we've lost to drug overdoses.</p><p>Overdoses are claiming more and more lives in our communities. We invite you to share memories of loved ones and friends you've lost to a drug overdose on this shared map. Just drop a pin on the place where the overdose happened or where your loved one lived (no street numbers, just street names, corners, places, etc.), add your loved one's name and date of death, and share a memory or two - a sentence, a word, a prayer, whatever you'd like.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:24:56 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28783 at http://ripr.org Prescribing Painkillers: What the Health Dept. Recommends http://ripr.org/post/prescribing-painkillers-what-health-dept-recommends <p>Recently, I reported on Rhode Island's fledgling prescription drug monitoring program (listen to that story <a href="http://ripr.org/post/fighting-prescription-drug-abuse-one-log-time">here</a>). 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.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:36:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17052 at http://ripr.org Another RI Doctor Sanctioned for Prescribing Practices http://ripr.org/post/another-ri-doctor-sanctioned-prescribing-practices <p>In the past year and a half, according to Rhode Island Department of Health records, seven physicians have been <a href="http://www.health.ri.gov/lists/disciplinaryactions/">disciplined</a>--some even forced to stop practicing medicine--for improperly prescribing narcotics.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:38:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14245 at http://ripr.org