State making strides curbing opioid abuse

PREPARED: R.I. State Police Trooper Brendan Morgan with his opioid overdose kit and supply of naloxone that he needs to have for his patrol. /  PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
PREPARED: R.I. State Police Trooper Brendan Morgan with his opioid overdose kit and supply of naloxone that he needs to have for his patrol. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO
A 9 percent decline in opioid-overdose deaths during the first eight months of 2017 compared with the same period the previous year shows Rhode Island is on the right track in combating the opioid-abuse epidemic, say health care clinicians and state officials. Between January and August 2017 there were 208 accidental drug-overdose deaths in Rhode…

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