opioids http://ripr.org en Surge In Children Removed From Homes Due To Neglect Or Abuse In Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/surge-children-removed-homes-due-neglect-or-abuse-rhode-island <p>A reported surge in the number of children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect is raising concern across the state.&nbsp; Addiction is a major cause.</p><p></p><p>Chris Dorval manages programs at an addiction treatment facility called Clinical Services of Rhode Island. Dorval says that over the past couple of years, he’s treated a growing number of clients whose children have been removed from their homes. But Dorval said he thinks there’s more to it than just the increasing <em>number</em> of people addicted to opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:13:58 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37089 at http://ripr.org New England Governors Gather To Tackle Growing Drug Abuse Epidemic http://ripr.org/post/new-england-governors-gather-tackle-growing-drug-abuse-epidemic <p>New England governors met this Tuesday, in a one-hour closed session to discuss the region’s response to opioid problem.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:10:12 +0000 John Bender 35372 at http://ripr.org New England Governors Gather To Tackle Growing Drug Abuse Epidemic Chafee Signs New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Into Law http://ripr.org/post/chafee-signs-new-prescription-drug-monitoring-program-law <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed a bill into law requiring practitioners to register with the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:42:06 +0000 Catherine Welch 34343 at http://ripr.org Caring For Newborns In Withdrawal, Researchers Ask What's Best http://ripr.org/post/caring-newborns-withdrawal-researchers-ask-whats-best <p>More Rhode Island babies are being born dependent on the opioid drugs (including OxyContin and heroin) their pregnant mothers were taking. Many of these babies need hospital stays and powerful medication to help them through the painful withdrawal. Now, researchers at Women &amp; Infants Hospital are trying to pin down what treatments work best, and what the long-term impacts are. Part one of our two-part series on newborns in withdrawal.</p><p><br /><strong>A rough entry into the world</strong></p><p>(Sound: subtle whirring of the nursery)</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33123 at http://ripr.org Caring For Newborns In Withdrawal, Researchers Ask What's Best 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 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