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(Updated, 11:18 a.m., Dec. 22) Drug overdoses took the lives of 247 people in Rhode Island last year, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. more
Bristol County, Mass., is one of 14 newly designated counties in 10 states that have been named High Density Drug Trafficking Areas, according to Michael Botticelli, director of the National Drug Control Policy. more
More babies are being born with exposure to opioids in Rhode Island, the annual KIDS COUNT Factbook has found. more
Kali Thomas, Brown assistant professor of health services, policy and practice, recently published a study showing that one byproduct of Meals on Wheels’ work to deliver meals to seniors is to significantly reduce loneliness. more
Working with hundreds of community partners across the region, Southcoast Health invested $22 million in community benefits in its fiscal 2014, according to its most recent report filed annually with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. more
The Ocean State ranked 14th in the country this year in overall health, improving one spot from 2014, according to the annual America’s Health Rankings Report released Thursday by United Health Foundation. more
The Centreville Bank Emergency Meal Program at Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island officially launched in mid-November. more
Tri-Town Community Action Agency recently received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to grow its dental programs and increase the number of patients it serves. more
Jean Johnson, executive director and founder of House of Hope Community Development Corp. since 1989, advocates for Rhode Island’s homeless. more
Two Rhode Island companies received perfect scores of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and CVS Health Corp. more
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