Opinion: Opioid epidemic devastating R.I.

REP. NICHOLAS A MATTIELLO is the Rhode Island Speaker of the House.
REP. NICHOLAS A MATTIELLO is the Rhode Island Speaker of the House. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
It seems that every generation has its own epidemic to battle. But unlike polio or cholera, the tragic epidemic of our time is one of our own making. Responsible for an estimated 115 deaths every day, the opioid epidemic is devastating not only Rhode Island but our entire country. The death rate from opioids has…

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