Rhode Island sees spike in drug overdose deaths in 2020

ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE DEATHS in Rhode Island totaled 384 last year, with most involving opioids, according to state health officials. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR'S OVERDOSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TASK FORCE
PROVIDENCE (AP) – Accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island jumped by 25% in 2020 over the prior year, to their highest level since records have been kept, state health officials said Wednesday. There were 384 accidental overdose deaths last year, most involving opioids, according to the state's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, which…

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