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Health Dept. Resumes Weekly Overdose Updates

Sep 9, 2015
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island’s department of health will once again release weekly statistics on accidental drug overdose deaths – instead of monthly. The department has struggled to whittle down a backlog of investigations while keeping the public informed.

Rhode Island Department of Health

The state Medical Examiner’s Office reports fewer cases in the backlog since the departure of the chief medical examiner. She was placed on administrative leave, and has now resigned.

Chief Medical Examiner Placed On Leave

Jul 23, 2015
Rhode Island Department of Health

The state’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Christina Stanley, has been placed on paid leave. That’s according to the department of health, where officials say the move is part of an organizational review and restructuring.

The medical examiner’s office has faced a growing workload, in part because of the number of overdose deaths its staff must investigate. But department officials say the chief’s absence will not impact the progress of investigations. They have contracts with outside physicians who can help complete some tasks.

Overdose Deaths Straining Medical Examiner's Resources

Jul 20, 2015
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The rising number of overdose deaths has strained the resources of the state’s only medical examiner’s office. Limited staffing and a growing number of requests have slowed down investigations – and threaten the office’s accreditation.

Skeletal Remains Found Last Summer Identified

Jun 19, 2014

Rhode Island’s medical examiner has identified skeletal remains discovered under a factory cement floor in Providence last summer.

Health officials say his name was Phillip P. Seals. He was born in 1936 and lived in Providence until at least 1982. Workers found Seals’ skeletal remains in the basement of a hundred-year-old brick factory building on Prairie Avenue in July 2013. They were renovating the building when they discovered a skull and rib bones.

Examiner Working to ID Body Pulled from India Point

Apr 24, 2013

A state medical examiner is examining a body pulled from the water off of India Point in Providence. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements told Rhode Island Public Radio that police suspect the body may be that of missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi.  Department of Health spokeswoman Dara Chadwick says it may take a little time to identify the body.

“I can’t really give you a definitive time as to when we might know. I don’t know that we’ll be able to confirm an ID today. But, again, the exam is being done today," said Chadwick.