addiction http://ripr.org en Recovery "On Call" In the Emergency Room http://ripr.org/post/recovery-call-emergency-room <p>A new program aims to connect people who have accidentally overdosed on opioids with addiction treatment – <em>before </em>they leave the emergency room. The state’s largest nonprofit mental health service organization, The Providence Center, is providing what it calls “recovery coaches” to Kent Hospital through a program called <strong>AnchorED</strong>.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:56:40 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37178 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 Pilot Program Links Doctors With Addiction Experts http://ripr.org/post/pilot-program-links-doctors-addiction-experts <p>State officials have announced another tool to help physicians spot and treat drug abuse.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:43:47 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33800 at http://ripr.org Her Newborn In Withdrawal, A Young Mother Faces Her Own Recovery http://ripr.org/post/her-newborn-withdrawal-young-mother-faces-her-own-recovery <p>More Rhode Island babies are being born dependent on the opioid drugs their pregnant mothers were taking. Their condition, called neonatal abstinence syndrome, sometimes requires hospital stays and powerful medications. In the second of our two-part series, the story of a newborn going through withdrawal and a young mother trying to make a new life for him in recovery. (You can listen to part one of our series <a href="http://ripr.org/post/caring-newborns-withdrawal-researchers-ask-whats-best">here</a>.)</p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33169 at http://ripr.org Her Newborn In Withdrawal, A Young Mother Faces Her Own Recovery 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 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 The Warm Hand-Off http://ripr.org/post/warm-hand <p>Doctors' offices and emergency departments sometimes struggle with how to help someone in active addiction. Where do you send them once they're stabilized? How do you talk to them about their addiction? Often they don't have the resources to arrange the next steps for these patients, and therein lies a missing link for addicts who seek medical help for one reason or another but don't get into treatment for the addiction that probably played a role in their seeking medical help in the first place.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:55:19 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32204 at http://ripr.org 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