alcoholism

The Pulse
10:42 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Interview: RI Hospital ER chief: “There has to be a better way.”

This week, I’ve been covering Rhode Island’s efforts to change the way we deal with substance abusers who frequent the emergency room (part 1, part 2). I talked to emergency dispatchers, firefighters, addiction treatment specialists, public officials, and more.

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Health Care
11:56 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Intoxicated "frequent fliers" strain emergency services

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare wants you to call 911 if you're having a real emergency. But he says most calls these days - more than 75 percent - aren't emergencies. And that's stretching city resources thin.

"Look, every time we send a rescue out on average to pick up a person anywhere in the city and transport them it's costing the taxpayer $550 dollars."

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