opiates http://ripr.org en 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 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 Communities Ask How To Prevent Overdose http://ripr.org/post/communities-ask-how-prevent-overdose <p>Two community forums are taking place over the next week to talk about preventing overdose. They couldn't come at a better time.</p><p>Overdose kills more Rhode Islanders than any other kind of accident (including traffic and guns). During the first two weeks of January, 22 Rhode Islanders died from presumed illicit drug overdoses. Another two died over the past two weekends, according to a source at the health department.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:31:37 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28337 at http://ripr.org Communities Ask How To Prevent Overdose 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