Raimondo to honor local municipal leaders for overdose prevention plans

WARWICK – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo will join the members of Rhode Island’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick Tuesday to recognize municipal leaders for developing localized overdose prevention plans.

Twenty-six municipal governments will be honored for their work to curb the opioid epidemic locally during the event. The recognition ceremony is a follow-up to Rhode Island’s first statewide Community Overdose Engagement Summit, held in December 2017. At the summit, city and town leadership, first responders and others began to develop their local overdose response plans. The work was supported by $5,000 grants to cities and towns from the R.I. Department of Health.

Tuesday’s recognition will involve Eric J. Beane, secretary of the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services; Tom Coderre, senior policy adviser to the governor; Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of RIDOH; Rebecca Boss, director of the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals; municipal leaders; public health professionals; health care providers; pharmacists; behavioral health counselors; law enforcement personnel and other first responders; people in the recovery and treatment communities; prevention coalition members; family and youth substance use prevention organization members; and representatives from Rhode Island Centers of Excellence and RIDOH’s Health Equity Zones.

Municipalities to be honored at the gathering include:

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  • Barrington
  • Bristol
  • Burrillville
  • Central Falls
  • Charlestown
  • Coventry
  • East Providence
  • Exeter
  • Hopkinton
  • Little Compton
  • Narragansett
  • Newport
  • North Kingstown
  • Pawtucket
  • Portsmouth
  • Providence
  • Richmond
  • South Kingstown
  • Tiverton
  • Warren
  • Warwick
  • West Greenwich
  • West Warwick
  • Westerly
  • Woonsocket

The event will run from 1-4 p.m. in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, 801 Greenwich Road, Warwick.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.