oxycontin 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 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 To Curb Abuse, Lifespan ERs Adopt Rx Painkiller Guidelines http://ripr.org/post/curb-abuse-lifespan-ers-adopt-rx-painkiller-guidelines <p>Rhode Island Hospital and the entire Lifespan network have announced new guidelines for prescribing painkillers in their emergency rooms. ER doctors are trying to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and addiction.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:07:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26484 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