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Public health experts are opposing a bill introduced at the request of state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

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More than two dozen Rhode Island cities and towns have joined a growing legal attack against the manufacturers and wholesalers of prescription opioids.

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Rhode Island law enforcement officials announced Thursday a $50,000 grant to Rhode Island's first community center for teenagers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. 

The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Center, in Providence, is named after the late founder of Rhode Island’s first recovery center and a leader in the movement to bring services and compassion to people coping with addiction.

The money is from restitution payments made to the state by a convicted marijuana grower, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said during a news conference.  

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Rhode Island State health officials say preliminary figures show drug overdose deaths declined in Rhode Island in 2017 for first time since the opioid crisis hit the state five years ago.

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A new study links a dramatic decline in drug overdose deaths with Rhode Island’s prison treatment program for opioid addiction.

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(This the second part of a two-part story. Read part one here.) 

Andrew Dillon has had a front row seat to the opioid epidemic in New Bedford. His diner is a favorite for local fishermen.

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Patients or their doctors would be able to request that pharmacies partially fill prescriptions for opioids under a bill introduced in the General Assembly aimed at reducing the risk of opioid abuse. 

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A new study co-led by a Rhode Island epidemiologist found that a simple drug testing strip -- similar to a home pregnancy test --  accurately detected the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl in street drug samples.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting more than $70 million in state funding for Medicaid, the government health insurance for low-income residents, while preserving eligibility for the nearly one in three residents in the program.

Playwright Tackles Stigma of Opioid Addiction

Jan 9, 2018
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Playwright Ana Bess Moyer Bell was studying for a master’s degree at New York University when the opioid epidemic hit home.  Friends in their 20s began dying of drug overdoses.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo on Tuesday cited a 9 percent decline in drug overdose deaths through August of this year as evidence that the state is making progress in tackling the opioid epidemic.

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
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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.

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Hospitals in Rhode Island must now follow new guidelines before discharging a patient who has overdosed on opioids. 

Should RI Change Tack To Reduce Overdose Deaths?

Feb 27, 2017
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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?

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