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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...
FOR THE FIRST EIGHT months of 2017, Rhode Island officials reported a 9 percent decrease in overdose deaths in the state. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

R.I. reports 9% drop in overdose deaths from January – August...

PROVIDENCE — As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing the 2016 national number of overdose deaths at 63,600, 21...
CVS HEALTH CORP. PRESIDENT AND CEO Larry J. Merlo has vaulted the first hurdle in makiing the proposed CVS Health-Aetna merge a reality, as shareholders of both companies voted to approve the combination Tuesday. / COURTESY CVS HEALTH

CVS announces expansion of efforts to combat opioid abuse

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. announced an expansion of its efforts to combat national opioid abuse Thursday. The company said it will expand its CVS...
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Providers treating acute pain subject to tougher opioid-prescription rules

PROVIDENCE – Medical providers prescribing opioids to individuals with acute pain are subject to new, tougher regulations, according to the R.I. Department of Health,...
U.S. SEN. Sheldon Whitehouse said he has "heard from countless Rhode Islanders whose lives and communities have been turned upside down by the opioid addiction crisis … This money will be put to good use in Rhode Island to address this public health crisis we’re facing,” / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE

R.I. receives $2.2M to fight opioid epidemic

PROVIDENCE – Approximately $2.2 million in federal funding has been awarded to the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to use...
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