The Pulse

The Pulse is written by Kristin Gourlay, an award winning health care reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio.

Full archive of The Pulse can be found here.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has reinstated a task force charged with preventing drug overdose deaths. And she’s asking them for a plan to within 90 days. 

94 Rhode Islanders have died so far this year from accidental drug overdoses involving prescription painkillers or heroin, a slight increase over last year. To reverse that trend, the state has tried many programs – including broad distribution of the overdose antidote Narcan and required reporting for emergency rooms. 

But Brown university epidemiologist Traci Green, Ph.D, says those efforts have lacked coordination.

Rhode Island College

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law had a profound effect on the way people with disabilities are treated in the workplace, at school, and in our communities. And recently, Rhode Island settled a complaint that it violated the law by segregating and underpaying developmentally disabled workers.

World Hepatitis Alliance

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 marks the 5th annual World Hepatitis Day, a global awareness-raising event launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance, in concert with the World Health Organization.

On Saturday, August 1st, Providence marks the occasion with "C is for Cure: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C."

The ADA Legacy Project

Sunday marks the anniversary of the signing of the historic act that helped reduce discrimination and remove barriers for people with disabilities.

In 25 years, much has changed: there are more workplace protections for people with disabilities, more ramps and elevators, even more visibility in the media and entertainment of people with disabilities. Of course, there's more to be done to make the world accessible and to give people of all abilities equal opportunities to thrive and participate.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

When Maria Montanaro took the reins of the state department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, she inherited an agency with massive responsibilities, and major challenges. Among them, mounting costs and allegations of abuse at Eleanor Slater Hospital – the state psychiatric and long-term care facility for people with serious illnesses.

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