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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...
TIMER CAPS RECORD the last time a cap was opened to help people better manage their medication schedules, but some addiction-prevention programs are using them to mitigate opioid abuse. /COURTESY TIMERCAP LLC

Addiction-prevention programs using Timer Caps to reduce opioid abuse

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health now carries Timer Caps for prescriptions, developed by TimerCap LLC to better manage medication, which some addiction-prevention programs are using...
RHODE ISLAND Hospital President Margaret M. Van Bree speaks during the June 19 opening of the Lifespan Recovery Center, which will assist patients struggling with opioid addiction. /COURTESY LIFESPAN

Rhode Island Hospital opens recovery center for patients struggling with opioid...

PROVIDENCE – Federal and state officials joined Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan leadership at the June 19 opening of the Lifespan Recovery Center, Lifespan...
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