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Group Proposes Four Strategies To Curb Overdose Deaths

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Can Rhode Island cut opioid deaths by a third in three years? That’s the goal of the state’s new strategic plan on addiction and overdose. One strategy...

Can Rhode Island cut opioid deaths by a third in three years? That’s the goal of the state’s new strategic plan on addiction and overdose.

One strategy is to make medication to treat opioid addiction more accessible. Another is to distribute naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, more widely. A third strategy involves alerting health care providers about dangerous prescription drug combinations. And the fourth would expand the role of recovery coaches, who work with overdose survivors in emergency departments.

The plan is a draft, and the authors are asking for public comment.

Governor Gina Raimondo appointed a task force to develop the strategy earlier this year in response to the state’s alarming overdose death rate. 

Map of opioid overdoses in 2014-2015. Hot spots include Warren and Burrillville.
Map of opioid overdoses in 2014-2015. Hot spots include Warren and Burrillville.