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URI offers free online trainings aimed at responding to opioid overdose

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A free online seminar offered by the University of Rhode Island Community First Responder Program is offering training for rural Rhode...

Five Questions With: Leslie Bridgman

As CODAC Behavioral Healthcare’s director of correctional services, Leslie Bridgman oversees CODAC’s medication-assisted treatment program. Created four years ago, the MAT program gives inmates...
CVS HEALTH has been subpoenaed on behalf of the DEA. The summons is related to information about its handling of opioids and other controlled substances. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS subpoenaed by U.S. over pharmacies’ role in opioid crisis

NEW YORK – CVS Health Corp. said it received a subpoena on behalf of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, asking the company for information...

CODAC’s opioid treatment program at state corrections facilities earns national accreditation

PROVIDENCE – CODAC Behavioral Healthcare’s medication-assisted treatment program at the R.I. Department of Corrections has earned its three-year accreditation from the National Council on...

Brown professor co-authors report on combining care for opioid addiction, infectious...

PROVIDENCE – A report co-authored by a Brown University professor makes a series of recommendations on how to combine care for opioid use disorder...

R.I. Hospital-led researchers use devices to test street drugs for fentanyl

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island Hospital opioid expert is leading a study that has found that using two separate methods to check for fentanyl...
OPIOID RELATED DEATHS declined year over year in 2018 for the first time in three decades. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT OLSON

Fatal drug overdoses decline in U.S. for first time in 3...

NEW YORK – Fewer Americans died from drug overdoses in 2018 than the year before, the first decline in almost three decades, new federal...
A COALITION OF PHARMACIES, including CVS, have argued in federal court that doctors and other health care practitioners who write prescriptions bear ultimate responsibility for improper distribution of opioids to patients, not pharmacists. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

Pharmacies say prescribers bear opioid crisis responsibility

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Doctors and other health care practitioners who write prescriptions bear ultimate responsibility for improper distribution of opioids to patients, not...
WELL-STUDIED: Brandon Marshall, associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University, and Jesse Yedinak, project director, co-authored a study recently that outlined a “cascade of care” model for opioid use disorder. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Brown research could change approach to R.I. opioid crisis

Medication-assisted treatment is at the core of a new care model created by Brown University researchers looking to offer a restructured approach to opioid...

Loan repayment program a recruiting tool in opioid battle

A federal loan repayment program aimed at getting more health care providers to help people suffering from opioid dependency is crucial to fighting what...

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