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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...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH is now accepting applications for safe injection sites, also known as "harm reduction centers," where people will be allowed to inject illicit drugs under medical supervision, according to the department. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Rhode Island accepting applications for safe injection sites

PROVIDENCE – After Gov. Daniel J. McKee signed legislation authorizing the establishment of a two-year pilot program in early July 2021, making Rhode Island...
WAIT AND SEE: Attorney John L. Calcagni III says there are some gray legal areas when it comes to a new Rhode Island law that creates a pilot program for safe injection sites, or “harm reduction centers,” to counteract the opioid overdose crisis. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Legal questions loom for R.I.’s injection center law

Combating the opioid overdose crisis is a cause with broad support. But a new Rhode Island law establishing a two-year pilot program for safe injection...
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