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LIFESAVER: East Providence Fire Department Capt. John Potvin calls naloxone a wonder drug when it comes to reversing the effects of an overdose. That’s why many are celebrating Narcan now being sold over the counter. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Narcan sold in stores seen as pivotal in R.I. drug crisis

East Providence Fire Department Capt. John Potvin has seen the lifesaving effects of naloxone in action dozens of times throughout his more than 30...
AID ­AVAILABLE: Pawtucket Emergency Medical Services Director Lance Dumont and Elizabeth Moreira, the city’s public health and equity leader, hold kits containing naloxone and fentanyl testers at the Newport Avenue fire station, which became a Safe Station for people seeking help with drug addiction.
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Communities create ‘Safe Stations’ in effort to reduce overdose deaths

Rhode Islanders who are struggling with substance abuse now have places they can go to get immediate attention and support, after fire departments and...

Five Questions With: Holly Fitting

Holly Fitting, vice president of addiction, recovery, residential services and grants administration at The Providence Center’s Anchor Recovery Community Center, was part of a...

Anchor Recovery Community Center distributes hundreds of naloxone kits

PROVIDENCE – Thanks to a $5,000 grant from Rhode Island’s 10,000 Chances Project, Anchor Recovery Community Center’s Mobile Outreach Recovery Efforts team has distributed...

R.I. program distributes 10K naloxone kits to community groups

PROVIDENCE – Community organizations across the state have received hundreds of naloxone kits and funding to help distribute them as part of a new...

URI offers free training to administer naloxone to prevent overdoses

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island has launched the Community First Responder Program, which offers free online learning modules on how to...
HANDS-ON TRAINING: Jill Sypole, second from left, Building Futures health initiatives manager, and Andrew Cortés, third from left, the group’s executive director, stage a training event in Providence on how to administer Narcan to someone who has overdosed.
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Hammer, nails… Narcan: Construction training aims to ease opioid crisis

As an industry, construction has been beset by the national opioid epidemic. In Rhode Island, a report by public-health officials found that about 20%...

Five Questions With: Erin McDonough

Erin McDonough is the program director for the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team’s Medical Reserve Corps. RIDMAT/MRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recruiting...

Construction, R.I. Convention Center staff undergo naloxone training

PROVIDENCE – As opioid overdoses continue to claim lives throughout the region, some businesses are training their staff on how to recognize and respond...

Rhode Islanders urged to carry naloxone to curb opioid-overdose deaths

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders are being encouraged to carry overdose-reversal-medication naloxone, after it was revealed more than one-third of opioid-overdose calls that emergency medical...
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