Doctors who want more experience treating addiction can apply for a new training program at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital has just won accreditation from the American Board of Addiction Medicine for a new fellowship – one of just 27 addiction medicine fellowships in the country.
Hospital officials say the fellow will gain experience working with overdose survivors in the emergency room, with inmates in prison, and with adolescents and even newborns in withdrawal. For doctors who don’t specialize in addiction, the state has been developing resources to help them manage patients with addiction. That includes a hotline doctors can call for referrals for patients, and more training opportunities for doctors who prescribe potentially addictive medications.
Rhode Island ranks among the top states with widespread substance abuse.
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