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SAFETY FIRST: Dennis Bailer, left, overdose prevention program director at Project Weber/RENEW, and Izzie Irizarry, lead case manager, assemble safe injection kits at the agency’s South Providence drop-in center. Project Weber/RENEW and CODAC Inc. are scheduled to open a harm reduction site in early 2024.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Overdose hot spot’ to get R.I.’s 1st safe injection center

In Providence’s West End, behavioral health care agency CODAC Inc. serves one of the city’s hardest-hit neighborhoods in the opioid crisis. From 2016 to...

First R.I. overdose prevention center slated for 2024 opening

PROVIDENCE – Almost two years after Rhode Island became the first state in the country to legalize overdose prevention centers, plans to establish the...

CODAC mobile clinic continues to operate despite cease-and-desist order from city

WOONSOCKET – The future of the mobile clinic that has been operating on the property of the nonprofit Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket since...

Smithfield to hold parents’ forum on substance use

SMITHFIELD – A panel of substance use experts will be on hand Dec. 15 at a forum aimed at parents who want to learn...
GROWING ­CONCERN: Crisis phone screeners Alechi Wali, left, and Lydia Villafana take calls at the state-run BH Link call center in East Providence. The center, which fields calls from people experiencing a mental health or behavioral health need, has seen calls related to the COVID-19 pandemic increase in recent weeks. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Pandemic raises workload for mental health agencies

During the first week of March at the BH Link call center in East Providence, about 3.5% of the roughly 40 calls that came...
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