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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. 

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...

Westerly Hospital hosting free community health fair on Sept. 30

WESTERLY – Westerly Hospital is inviting the public to the hospital campus on Sept. 30 for a free community health fair that will include...
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.

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...
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...
TABLE TALK: AdCare Rhode Island Inc. CEO Fred A. Trapassi Jr., left, meets with staff members at AdCare’s North Kingstown facility. With Trapassi are, from left, Dr. Michael Coburn, medical director; Sarah Horgan, chief operating officer; and Courtney Stafford, director of clinical process improvement. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Online treatment options keep AdCare accessible to patients during pandemic

PBN 2021 Fastest Growing Companies Awards $5 million – $25 million: 1. AdCare Rhode Island Inc. CEO (or equivalent): Fred A. Trapassi Jr. 2020 Revenue: $10.7 million 2018...

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...
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.

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%...
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