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THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION has gifted $250,000 to URI's College of Pharmacy to purchase and distribute Narcan kits to community-based organizations. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation gifts $250K to URI for purchase and distribution of...

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation is gifting a $250,000 grant to the University of Rhode Island to purchase roughly 3,000 Narcan kits for...
OLEG NIKOLYSZYN, a former Providence attorney, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and one count of theft from an employee benefit pension fund in U.S. District Court Monday. / COURTESY CAROL M. HIGHSMITH

Two in custody following seizure of 3.4 kilograms of fentanyl pills

PROVIDENCE – Two men are in federal custody following a Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force investigation that resulted in the seizure of more...

Health officials tracking increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Overdose deaths involving fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, are on the rise in Rhode Island, health officials say. The R.I. Office of the...

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...
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