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MCKESSON CORP., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the United States opioid epidemic. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

Opioid distributors propose $10B to end state claims

WILMINGTON, Del. – McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the...

A reckoning for opioid supply chain

According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration numbers examined by the Washington Post, nearly 100,000 people died in the United States from opioid addiction or...

Five Questions With: Dr. Ted Wong

Dr. Ted Wong is chief dental officer for UnitedHealthcare Specialty Benefits, a national ancillary benefits company serving more than 20 million members nationwide. Wong leads...

Federal program repays student loans for substance-use clinicians in underserved communities

PROVIDENCE — The National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program, established by Congress on June 12, 2018, funds $75 million...

R.I. to launch first 24/7 mental health, substance-use triage, call center...

EAST PROVIDENCE – The state’s first triage and 24/7 hotline call center for overdose and addiction crises, the $1.4 million Behavioral Health Link, will...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health reports declining opioid overdose deaths in 2017 and 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHI OTA

R.I. reports slight decline in opioid overdose deaths as national figures...

PROVIDENCE — The Ocean State has recorded a slight downturn in the number of opioid overdose deaths in 2017 and the start of 2018...

EOHHS to launch ‘Let’s Talk About Mental Health’ series

WARWICK – The R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services and partners today will kick off “Let’s Talk About Mental Health,” a series...
A LAB TECHNICIAN demonstrates the use of fentanyl testing strips at the Rhode Island Department of Health Laboratory in Providence, Rhode Island, Jan. 10, 2018. / COURTESY BLOOMBERG HEALTH INITIATIVE/ALLISON SHELLEY

Advocates to distribute street drug tests for fentanyl throughout R.I. Friday

PROVIDENCE — Public health advocates, including representatives of Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention at The Miriam Hospital, will distribute street drug test strips for...

Five Questions With: Mitch Weintraub

Mitch Weintraub, a Burrillville native, graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and has...

Addiction Policy Forum launches web resource to aid Rhode Islanders dealing...

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health reports 323 people died of an overdose in 2016, with another 39 so far in 2018 –...
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