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THE TRUTH ABOUT OPIOIDS video will run on local TV this month to warn people from the dangers of the drugs and addiction. COURTESY/R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. runs $600K prevention campaign ‘The Truth About Opioids’

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced today a local $600,000 social media and television public prevention campaign,...
UNITED WAY of Rhode Island 211 operators, from left, Tina Donate and Aura Sanabia field calls at their Providence call center. / COURTESY UWRI

CVS Health Foundation grants $56K for 211 call center substance use...

PROVIDENCE — The United Way’s 211 call center will soon be able to bring in Anchor Recovery peer counselors on opioid and other substance...
ROGER WILLIAMS MEDICAL CENTER has added medication-assisted treatment to its addiction services in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS MEDICAL CENTER

Roger Williams Medical Center adds medication assisted treatment to addiction services

PROVIDENCE — Medication Assisted Treatment, which has gained support as the state campaigns to curb opioid abuse and overdose deaths, is now offered at...
SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, D-R.I., is one of several co-sponsors introducing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 Act to increase the funding authorization levels for the CARA programs enacted in 2016. / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE

Five Questions With: Sheldon Whitehouse

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., recently introduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0 Act to increase the funding authorization levels for the CARA...
DR. ROXANNE VREES, medical director of emergency obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants, with the hospital's new Level 3 opioid treatment certification. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS

Women & Infants’ emergency room earns Level 3 certification in opioid...

PROVIDENCE — Women & Infants Hospital’s Emergency Department has earned Level 3 Certification in opioid treatment, the first in the Levels of Care for Rhode...
IN A LETTER TO President Donald Trump, pharmacy industry CEOs, including CVS Health Corp. CEO Larry J. Merlo, pledging their commitment to stemming the opioid addiction epidemic and suggesting a public-private partnership. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

CVS, eight pharmacy companies pledge partnership fighting opioid abuse in letter...

WOONSOCKET —  CVS Health CEO Larry J. Merlo joined eight other pharmacy industry CEOs in signing a letter to President Trump Wednesday pledging their...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP declared opioid abuse a public emergency Thursday. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/OLIVIER DOULIERY

Trump declares opioid addiction a public health emergency

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump on Thursday declared widespread opioid abuse a public health emergency, even as he resisted a controversial move that...
INCREASED COMPETITION: Dr. Jason Spangler, foreground, executive director of medical policy and quality strategies for Amgen, speaks during the Oct. 5 PBN Health Care Summit about how Amgen is working to lower prescription drug costs by increasing competition. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Stigma of opioid addiction barrier to improving care

The stigma surrounding the opioid addiction is similar to that of the AIDS epidemic in recent decades, says Dr. Martin Serota, chief medical officer...

Miriam Hospital wins federal grant to study post-incarceration opioid treatment

PROVIDENCE — Miriam Hospital has been awarded a federal $215,157 National Institutes of Health grant to study an innovative opioid addiction program for incarcerated...
SOUTH COUNTY HEALTH and CharterCARE Health Partners have adopted standardized addiction and overdose treatment/ BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHIOTA

Three R.I. hospitals standardize addiction, overdose treatment

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force has recognized South County Health and CharterCARE Health Partners for adopting standardized addiction and...
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