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Health Dept. To Staff Overdose Prevention Team

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Rhode Island’s health department is looking for help encouraging doctors to use a database that monitors prescription drugs. The department is adding...

Rhode Island’s health department is looking for help encouraging doctors to use a database that monitors prescription drugs. The department is adding four new positions to a new team to fight addiction and overdose.

Rhode Island received a four-year, nearly $4 million dollar grant earlier this year to fight rising rates of addiction and overdose deaths. Now the department of health is ready to put that money to use, hiring four new staffers. First, an outreach coordinator to help promote the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.

Health spokesman Joseph Wendelken says this person will work with doctors who might benefit from more information about the program.

“So they’re really going to be out doing some education with physicians throughout the state to make sure they are getting registered and using the system properly and appropriately," said Wendelken. 

Other members of the state’s overdose prevention team will include an epidemiologist, a data analyst, and a policy expert. 

Health Dept. To Staff Overdose Prevention Team
Health Dept. To Staff Overdose Prevention Team