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INFLUENZA IS NO longer widespread in Rhode Island, the R.I. Department of Health reports. / COURTESY RIDOH

RIDOH: Flu no longer widespread in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health has announced flu is no longer widespread in the state, relieving unvaccinated medical personnel from the requirement...
THE R.I. DELEGATION announced a second round of $2.1 million in federal funds to combat the opioid epidemic in Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHI OTA

R.I. delegation announces second round of $2.1M to fight opioid epidemic

PROVIDENCE - A second round of $2.1 million in federal funds has been awarded to the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and...
OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS declined 5.1 percent year over year in Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/KIYOSHI OTA

DOH: Opioid deaths decline 5% in 2017

PROVIDENCE – Opioid deaths in Rhode Island decreased 5.1 percent year over year in 2017, according to the R.I. Department of Health Monday.There were...
The CDC reports Rhode Island is one of five states in the nation showing a decline in opioid-related emergency room visits over the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2017. /BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

CDC: Rhode Island among five states showing decline in opioid emergency...

PROVIDENCE – A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows Rhode Island is one of the five states in the United States...
WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL is seeking new office space, as the lease on its medical office at 2168 Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket runs out July 1. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

Women & Infants seeks new spot as medical office lease expires...

WOONSOCKET — Women & Infants Hospital’s lease on its Woonsocket Medical Office at 2168 Diamond Hill Road expires July 1, and the hospital, which is...
PREPARED: R.I. State Police Trooper Brendan Morgan with his opioid overdose kit and supply of naloxone that he needs to have for his patrol. /  PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

State making strides curbing opioid abuse

A 9 percent decline in opioid-overdose deaths during the first eight months of 2017 compared with the same period the previous year shows Rhode...
SAFE STATION: The PVD Safe Stations program allows those battling drug addiction to come to city fire stations to seek treatment or information. Speaking with Zach R. Kenyon, right, Providence Fire Department acting EMS chief, are firefighters Garrett Sullivan, left, and Alvin Urena. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

City fire stations help combat drug addiction

Between 2009 and 2016, more than 1,700 Rhode Islanders died from drug overdoses.This sobering statistic is from the Prevent Overdose Rhode Island action plan...
THE NUMBER OF outpatient positive influenza tests for the 2017-18 flu season far outweighs inpatient positive tests across all age groups except for those 65 and older. / COURTESY RIDOH

R.I. weathers intense flu season short Memorial Hospital’s emergency room

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island hospitals are handling increased emergency calls during a flu season the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “intense,” rivaling...
HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, has introduced legislation that would give patients the option of only partially filling their prescription for painkillers in an effort to reduce addiction in the Ocean State. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mattiello bill would allow patients to partially fill painkiller prescriptions

PROVIDENCE – Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, has introduced legislation that would give patients the option of only partially filling their...
THE SALE OF West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to a Delaware LLC that includes the owner of Worcester-based Eden Healthcare has been approved by the R.I. Department of Health.

West View Nursing Home sold to Delaware company

WEST WARWICK — On Tuesday night the R.I. Department of Health’s Health Services Council approved the sale of West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center...
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