addiction

Providence Man Convicted Of Murder For Selling Fentanyl

Apr 12, 2017
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A Providence man has been convicted of second degree murder for selling the potent opioid fentanyl to someone who later died of an overdose. The state’s Attorney General believes this is Rhode Island’s first conviction of its type.

The Pulse: In Early Recovery, A Vulnerable Brain

Mar 16, 2017
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Early recovery from addiction is a delicate, difficult period. It’s a time when drug users are most at risk of relapsing or overdosing. But scientists are learning more about the biology of early recovery and how people with substance abuse problems can survive it.

Should RI Change Tack To Reduce Overdose Deaths?

Feb 27, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Despite efforts to raise awareness and target groups at risk, overdose deaths continue to climb in Rhode Island. More than 320 Rhode Islanders died of opioid overdoses in 2016, compared to 290 in 2015. Soon after taking office, Governor Gina Raimondo convened a task force to reduce overdose deaths. Do they need to revisit their strategy?

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Rhode Island Department of Health reported drug-related deaths are on the rise in the Ocean State, Wednesday. The data released said there were over 326 drug overdose deaths last year compared to the 290 that occurred in 2015. Drug-related deaths have risen 30 percent since 2011.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Nov. 15

Nov 15, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Nov. 15:

OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT FOR INMATES: -The medical director for state correctional system, Dr. Jennifer Clark, told members of the governor’s opioid overdose task force that more inmates will be getting medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Police departments in our region and around the country are scrambling to respond to the opioid addiction crisis. 

New Sobering Center Under Construction...At Last

Oct 17, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A new sobering center opens next month at a homeless shelter in Providence. It’s a place where inebriated people who would typically be brought to the emergency room can safely sober up. It's meant to save money and guide those patients toward recovery.

The Pulse: A New Path For Opioid Addiction Treatment

Sep 15, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island health officials estimate nearly 20,000 Rhode Islanders are addicted to opioids – whether prescription painkillers or heroin. But only a few thousand are receiving something called “medication assisted treatment.” 

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island

Sep 6, 2016
Aaron Read / RIPR

Here's what's happening in health care in Rhode Island:

Aaron Read / RIPR

There’s new federal funding to help Rhode Island fight the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. The money is going toward better data collection, first responders and an overdose hotline.

International Overdose Awareness Day / Pennington Institute (Australia)

International Overdose Awareness Day is being observed around the globe Wednesday. New Englanders are marking the occasion with several events.

CDC Warns States About Counterfeit Painkillers

Aug 30, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning states about an uptick in the availability of counterfeit painkillers. These drugs are contributing to the ongoing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.

The pills are labeled as OxyCodone or Xanax, for example, but could contain varying amounts of a much stronger opioid painkiller called fentanyl. These are illicit drugs, sold outside of pharmacies. 

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island

Aug 9, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Here's what's happening in health in Rhode Island.

  • Eliminate Hep C in RI? Brown researchers project more treatment could reduce hepatitis C by 90% in Rhode Island by 2030.

Prisons To Expand Opioid Addiction Treatment

Jul 26, 2016
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Rhode Island’s prison system is offering drug treatment to more inmates. Until now, only inmates who entered prison on medication for opioid addiction were allowed to continue that medication. And only for 60 days. Now, the Adult Correctional Institutions will continue medication for six months or longer, thanks to an infusion of cash in this year’s state budget. 

Staff photo / RIPR

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse co-authored a major package of addiction legislation that just passed the House and Senate. It’s called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA. And it addresses a range of issues, from preventing addiction among student athletes to helping veterans avoid incarceration. But many of the measures it authorizes have yet to be funded.

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