opioids http://ripr.org en 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 Policy & Pinot At The Athenaeum? Listen Sunday! http://ripr.org/post/miss-policy-pinot-athenaeum-listen-sunday <p>If you weren't able to join us last night at the Providence Athenaeum for Policy &amp; Pinot - "Killer Drugs: Tackling Opioid Addiction and Overdose in Rhode Island" - not to worry. We recorded the program and will broadcast it Sunday, March 16 at 6 pm here on Rhode Island Public Radio. But we're sorry we missed you!</p><p>-------</p><p>More about last night's Policy &amp; Pinot at the Providence Athenaeum</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:23:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30336 at http://ripr.org RI Lawmakers Mull New Drug Abuse, Overdose Bills http://ripr.org/post/ri-lawmakers-mull-new-drug-abuse-overdose-bills <p>The Senate Health and Human Services committee will be considering a suite of proposed bills that aim to tackle the state's prescription painkiller and heroin addiction and overdose crisis.</p><p>The committee's chair, Senator Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), plans to introduce several of those bills, including:</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:38:18 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30274 at http://ripr.org Tuesday: Policy & Pinot On "Killer Drugs: Opioid Addiction And Overdose" http://ripr.org/post/tuesday-policy-pinot-killer-drugs-opioid-addiction-and-overdose <h2>Tomorrow night! Join Rhode Island Public Radio for Policy &amp; Pinot, our ongoing public discussion series held in conjunction with the <a href="http://www.providenceathenaeum.org/">Providence Athenaeum</a>.</h2><p><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Reception at 5:30 PM, program begins shortly after.</p><p><strong>Where: </strong>The Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI. Some street parking available.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:55:31 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30205 at http://ripr.org Killer Drugs: Tackling Opioid Addiction And Overdose http://ripr.org/post/killer-drugs-tackling-opioid-addiction-and-overdose <p>A special report on the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose. We examine how our problem with prescription painkiller and heroin addiction and overdose got so bad, what it's like to respond to this crisis on the front lines, and how communities, and addicts, can recover.</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:41:25 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30084 at http://ripr.org Killer Drugs: Tackling Opioid Addiction And Overdose Parsing Out Rhode Island's Overdose Epidemic http://ripr.org/post/parsing-out-rhode-islands-overdose-epidemic <p>In the first 9 weeks of this year, 55 Rhode Islanders have died from apparent drug overdoses. Overdose has been the number one cause of accidental death in Rhode Island since 2008, but the problem has been drawing more&nbsp;attention in recent days because of the surprising <em>number</em> of deaths this year alone. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin&nbsp;Gourlay has been at work on a documentary about drug overdose and addiction since well before the flood of recent headlines.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:30:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay & Elisabeth Harrison 30044 at http://ripr.org Parsing Out Rhode Island's Overdose Epidemic Public Voices Concern Over Growing Number Of Overdose Deaths http://ripr.org/post/public-voices-concern-over-growing-number-overdose-deaths <p>A community forum on drug overdose and addiction drew a standing room only crowd at the Miriam hospital last night.&nbsp; Organizers hope to keep the conversation going beyond the evening’s speeches and questions.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:00:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29393 at http://ripr.org Public Voices Concern Over Growing Number Of Overdose Deaths 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 Agency Issues "Emergency Rules" In Drug Overdose Crisis http://ripr.org/post/agency-issues-emergency-rules-drug-overdose-crisis <p>Rhode Island’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals has issued emergency regulations in response to the recent spike in drug overdose deaths.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:55:03 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28619 at http://ripr.org Agency Issues "Emergency Rules" In Drug Overdose Crisis