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.