Substance Abuse http://ripr.org en Recovery "On Call" In the Emergency Room http://ripr.org/post/recovery-call-emergency-room <p>A new program aims to connect people who have accidentally overdosed on opioids with addiction treatment – <em>before </em>they leave the emergency room. The state’s largest nonprofit mental health service organization, The Providence Center, is providing what it calls “recovery coaches” to Kent Hospital through a program called <strong>AnchorED</strong>.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:56:40 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37178 at http://ripr.org Obama Appoints Coderre As Senior Advisor In Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services http://ripr.org/post/obama-appoints-coderre-senior-advisor-substance-abuse-and-mental-health-services <p>The chief of staff for the state senate president will join the Obama Administration as a senior advisor for a federal agency that tries to reduce substance abuse.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tom </span>Coderre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will work on programs and policies that try to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The agency is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Molly Malinowski 36835 at http://ripr.org Debrief: New Health Laws Address Addiction, Breast Cancer http://ripr.org/post/debrief-new-health-laws-address-addiction-breast-cancer <p>Another legislative session has wrapped up. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how health care fared on Smith Hill.</p><p>Here's a transcript of their discussion.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:21:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35634 at http://ripr.org Pilot Program Links Doctors With Addiction Experts http://ripr.org/post/pilot-program-links-doctors-addiction-experts <p>State officials have announced another tool to help physicians spot and treat drug abuse.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:43:47 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33800 at http://ripr.org Her Newborn In Withdrawal, A Young Mother Faces Her Own Recovery http://ripr.org/post/her-newborn-withdrawal-young-mother-faces-her-own-recovery <p>More Rhode Island babies are being born dependent on the opioid drugs their pregnant mothers were taking. Their condition, called neonatal abstinence syndrome, sometimes requires hospital stays and powerful medications. In the second of our two-part series, the story of a newborn going through withdrawal and a young mother trying to make a new life for him in recovery. (You can listen to part one of our series <a href="http://ripr.org/post/caring-newborns-withdrawal-researchers-ask-whats-best">here</a>.)</p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33169 at http://ripr.org Her Newborn In Withdrawal, A Young Mother Faces Her Own Recovery Rx Drug Monitoring, Insurance Coverage For Addiction Bills Clear Senate Hurdle http://ripr.org/post/rx-drug-monitoring-insurance-coverage-addiction-bills-clear-senate-hurdle <p>A state senate committee has recommended passage of two bills aimed at curbing prescription drug and heroin abuse.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:33:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32860 at http://ripr.org Rx Drug Monitoring, Insurance Coverage For Addiction Bills Clear Senate Hurdle Keeping The Spotlight On Overdose, Addiction http://ripr.org/post/keeping-spotlight-overdose-addiction <p>Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog post titled "Hearing Heroin Everywhere." If I were to rewrite that title today, it'd be "Hearing Narcan Everywhere." It seems the conversation has changed a bit from "Houston, we have a problem," to "Houston, how do we stop this thing?" But I'm confident most health care providers and people affected by addiction and overdose would agree that the fact that we're still having the conversation - publicly, in the media, in public forums, at city halls - is a good thing.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:44:51 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31712 at http://ripr.org Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns http://ripr.org/post/women-infants-sees-surge-opioid-addicted-newborns <p>The rising number of Rhode Islanders struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has brought an increase in babies born addicted to these substances. And Women &amp; Infants Hospital is treating a growing number of them.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31381 at http://ripr.org Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. http://ripr.org/post/miss-our-policy-pinot-overdose-listen-here <p>We had a full house at the Providence Athenaeum last week. If you weren't able to join us, not to worry. You can listen to the full program right here.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio, in concert with the lovely Providence Athenaeum, hosted a stellar group of panelists for this one hour radio show taped in front of a live audience. Guests included a recovering addict and overdose survivor, an addiction medicine and infectious disease specialist, a drug abuse epidemiologist, a Warwick police captain trained in mental health first aid, and an addiction treatment specialist.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:53:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30572 at http://ripr.org Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. New Rules Let Doctors Give Narcan To Friends, Family http://ripr.org/post/new-rules-let-doctors-give-narcan-friends-family <p>Rhode Island’s health department has issued <a href="http://sos.ri.gov/documents/archives/regdocs/released/pdf/DOH/7687.pdf">new emergency regulations </a>designed to make it easier to access a drug called naloxone, used to reverse drug overdoses. The new rules come in response to a spike in deaths from heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:58:08 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30453 at http://ripr.org New Rules Let Doctors Give Narcan To Friends, Family