drugs http://ripr.org en RI Students Arrested for Drug-Laced Candy http://ripr.org/post/ri-students-arrested-drug-laced-candy <p>Police say they have made several arrests after a Richmond teenager required medical attention from consuming marijuana-laced candy. One 14-year-old was charged with drug crimes in connection with the incident while another was caught with drug-laced candy and prescription pills. A Chariho High School student was arrested for drug crimes on Monday.</p><p>Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson said the candy could have contained more than just THC.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:38:05 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31713 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 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 Reading The Labels On Drugs And Food http://ripr.org/post/reading-labels-drugs-and-food <p>Do you read the labels on food before you buy it? How about on pill bottles, supplements, and other drugs? If some Rhode Island lawmakers have their way, you could be seeing "country of origin" labels on your pharmaceuticals. But would that change your mind about taking a drug, or make you ask your doctor for a different brand?</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:35:43 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29751 at http://ripr.org Reading The Labels On Drugs And Food Overdose Deaths Reach 45; Fentanyl Plus Heroin Still Suspected http://ripr.org/post/overdose-deaths-reach-45-fentanyl-plus-heroin-still-suspected <div style="background-color:white;margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="black" face="Calibri,sans-serif">Rhode Island's health department director says 45 Rhode Islanders have died&nbsp;from overdoses so far this year. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:09:41 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29411 at http://ripr.org Drug Overdose Deaths Spike Again; State Police To Carry Antidote http://ripr.org/post/drug-overdose-deaths-spike-again-state-police-carry-antidote <p>State health authorities say 38 Rhode Islanders have died from suspected illicit IV drug overdoses so far this year, possibly from drugs that may have been laced with a powerful substance called fentanyl. That's despite public warnings the drugs might be tainted.</p><p>Drug dealers may be adding synthetic fentanyl to heroin to boost potency or stretch the supply to make more money. But what their customers may not know is that this particular compound is many times more potent than heroin and can kill even habitual IV drug users the first time they take it.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:16:41 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29151 at http://ripr.org Drug Overdose Deaths Spike Again; State Police To Carry Antidote Hearing Heroin Everywhere http://ripr.org/post/hearing-heroin-everywhere <p>Has heroin abuse reached epidemic proportions? What about painkiller abuse? Or are we just hearing more about it?</p><p>The academic jury is still out on this, as far as I can tell. Of course, it doesn't really matter what you call it if you've lost a loved one to heroin overdose.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:49:36 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28561 at http://ripr.org Miriam Hospital Trials C.Diff Vaccine http://ripr.org/post/miriam-hospital-trials-cdiff-vaccine <p>C. Difficile is a highly contagious infection people can catch in hospitals or after taking antibiotics. It sickens many and kills about 14,000 people every year. But there’s hope for preventing these infections as a new vaccine moves into the clinical trial phase. The Miriam Hospital is participating in the trial.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26759 at http://ripr.org Brown Researcher Invents Diabetes Drug Delivery Method http://ripr.org/post/brown-researcher-invents-diabetes-drug-delivery-method <p>A Brown University engineering professor has been recognized for her work inventing better ways to deliver drugs into the human body, including an innovation that may help diabetics.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26758 at http://ripr.org Brown Researcher Invents Diabetes Drug Delivery Method AIDS In RI: Who's At Risk? http://ripr.org/post/aids-ri-whos-risk <p>It's World AIDS Day, and in Rhode Island several events are taking place to mark it, including an event earlier at the statehouse with the Rhode Island Coalition for HIV Prevention and announcements about new prevention initiatives by the Rhode Island Dept. of Health (more on those later).</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:34:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25638 at http://ripr.org