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Providence man sentenced to 5 years in prison for possession, distributing...

PROVIDENCE – A Providence man found to be in possession of more than 100 grams of fentanyl was sentenced Feb. 7 to five years...

R.I. Hospital-led researchers use devices to test street drugs for fentanyl

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island Hospital opioid expert is leading a study that has found that using two separate methods to check for fentanyl...
BROWN UNIVERSITY has $6.8 million in federal funding to address the opioid crisis in partnership with Rhode Island state officials. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown University awarded grants to reduce opioid overdoses

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Brown University was awarded $6.8 million in federal funding to work with Rhode Island health officials to help solve the opioid...

Insys files for bankruptcy, overcome by opioid liabilities

NEW YORK – Insys Therapeutics Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection after agreeing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a related probe...
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Five Questions With Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott

5Q: Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott | Director, R.I. Department of Health 1. What do residents who live in a state-designated “health equity zone” get that...

Brown study: Fentanyl test strips effectively reduce young-adult opioid overdoses

PROVIDENCE — Brown University's School of Public Health researchers report fentanyl test strips are effective in preventing opioid overdoses and that community-based organizations would...
A LAB TECHNICIAN demonstrates the use of fentanyl testing strips at the Rhode Island Department of Health Laboratory in Providence, Rhode Island, Jan. 10, 2018. / COURTESY BLOOMBERG HEALTH INITIATIVE/ALLISON SHELLEY

Advocates to distribute street drug tests for fentanyl throughout R.I. Friday

PROVIDENCE — Public health advocates, including representatives of Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention at The Miriam Hospital, will distribute street drug test strips for...
OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS declined 5.1 percent year over year in Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHI OTA

DOH: Opioid deaths decline 5% in 2017

PROVIDENCE – Opioid deaths in Rhode Island decreased 5.1 percent year over year in 2017, according to the R.I. Department of Health Monday. There were...
DR. JERROLD N. ROSENBERG, 63, former operator of a now-defunct pain-management practice in Rhode Island, was sentenced in U.S. District Court March 9 to four years in prison for conspiring to solicit and receive kickbacks through his prescribing of the drug Subsys. / COURTESY JRMD.NET

Rosenberg sentenced to 4 years for Subsys prescription scam

PROVIDENCE – Dr. Jerrold N. Rosenberg, 62, of North Providence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. Friday to four...
FOR THE FIRST EIGHT months of 2017, Rhode Island officials reported a 9 percent decrease in overdose deaths in the state. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

R.I. reports 9% drop in overdose deaths from January – August...

PROVIDENCE — As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing the 2016 national number of overdose deaths at 63,600, 21...
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