Rhode Island is facing a litany of serious health issues – from a rising number of overdose deaths to a spike in sexually transmitted infections. It’s up to the new director of the state’s health department, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, to address those epidemics and more. Scott is an infectious disease doctor who has spent the past few years consulting with the Department of Health. We recently sat down with her to learn more about how she’s approaching her new role.Rhode Island Public Radio's Kristin Gourlay sits down with the Dept. of Health's new director, Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH to learn more about her plans for the department. They talk about her recent decision to stop releasing monthly apparent accidental overdose death numbers in favor of releasing only confirmed deaths, which she says they'll begin releasing weekly.