heroin http://ripr.org en Painkiller Rxs Rising, But So Are Deaths From Heroin http://ripr.org/post/painkiller-rxs-rising-so-are-deaths-heroin <p>The state health department has just <a href="http://www.health.ri.gov/data/controlledsubstances/">published some striking data </a>on numbers of prescription painkillers, stimulants, and other controlled substances prescribed in Rhode Island over a 10 year period.</p><p>In January 2014, according to the health department, 1.8 million doses for painkillers were filled in Rhode Island. The numbers have been on a steady incline for 10 years. Check out the red line, below.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:16:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 38608 at http://ripr.org Painkiller Rxs Rising, But So Are Deaths From Heroin CVS To Offer Overdose Antidote Narcan Without Prescription http://ripr.org/post/cvs-offer-overdose-antidote-narcan-without-prescription <p>CVS Caremark will be joining Walgreens in allowing pharmacists to dispense a life-saving antidote for drug overdoses, <em>without</em> a prescription. That means that soon Narcan will be much more widely available throughout the state.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island Hospital drug abuse epidemiologist Traci Green has been working with a statewide overdose prevention task force to get Narcan – also known as naloxone—into as many hands as possible. The drug can rescue someone who has overdosed on an opioid like heroin or prescription painkiller OxyContin.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 38565 at http://ripr.org CVS To Offer Overdose Antidote Narcan Without Prescription To Stop Overdose Deaths, RI Tracks Painkiller Prescriptions http://ripr.org/post/stop-overdose-deaths-ri-tracks-painkiller-prescriptions <p>Rhode Island’s health department has started tracking the number of prescriptions written for opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin. Agency head Dr. Michael Fine says that’s because those drugs are addictive. And four out of five people who use heroin got started on prescription painkillers. In July, he says, 118,000 Rhode Islanders got prescriptions for opioid painkillers.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 38124 at http://ripr.org To Stop Overdose Deaths, RI Tracks Painkiller Prescriptions Local Groups Could Benefit From Reed's Overdose Bill http://ripr.org/post/local-groups-could-benefit-reeds-overdose-bill <p>Local efforts to prevent drug overdose deaths could get a boost, if Congress passes new legislation to expand funding to such programs.</p><p>Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced a bill that would make funding available to community organizations and public health agencies to buy and distribute naloxone, or Narcan. That’s a life-saving drug that can reverse an overdose on prescription painkillers or heroin.</p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:21:46 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37718 at http://ripr.org 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 Debrief: New Health Laws Address Addiction, Breast Cancer http://ripr.org/post/debrief-new-health-laws-address-addiction-breast-cancer <p>Another legislative session has wrapped up. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how health care fared on Smith Hill.</p><p>Here's a transcript of their discussion.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:21:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35634 at http://ripr.org 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 Rx Drug Monitoring, Insurance Coverage For Addiction Bills Clear Senate Hurdle http://ripr.org/post/rx-drug-monitoring-insurance-coverage-addiction-bills-clear-senate-hurdle <p>A state senate committee has recommended passage of two bills aimed at curbing prescription drug and heroin abuse.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:33:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32860 at http://ripr.org Rx Drug Monitoring, Insurance Coverage For Addiction Bills Clear Senate Hurdle 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 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