opioids

Pictured (left to right) Cory MacWhorter, employment specialist, Anchor Recovery Community Center; Dr. Susan Andrews, medical director, Electric Boat;  Dr. Sue Pearlmutter, provost, Rhode Island College
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A $4 million federal labor department grant will be used to create a new job training program for Rhode Islanders in recovery from opioid addiction.

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Speaking at the U.S. District Court in Concord on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a surge in federal enforcement efforts around synthetic opioids.

Sessions said he's sending an additional prosecutor to ten districts across the country that've been hardest hit by the opioid crisis. New Hampshire is one of them. 

"Our goal is to reduce crime, reduce fentanyl, reduce deaths in this country," Sessions said. "We are not going to stand by while deaths continue to go up."

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Some Health Bills That Passed – Or Died – During this Legislative Session:

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A public advertising campaign aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic is scheduled to begin airing on TV and social media outlets in Rhode Island later this month.

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The Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would legalize the possession and distribution of test strips to detect fentanyl laced in heroin and other illicit drugs

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Medical professionals are urging Governor Gina Raimondo to veto legislation that would strengthen criminal penalties for drug dealers.

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Public health experts are opposing a bill introduced at the request of state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

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More than two dozen Rhode Island cities and towns have joined a growing legal attack against the manufacturers and wholesalers of prescription opioids.

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Rhode Island law enforcement officials announced Thursday a $50,000 grant to Rhode Island's first community center for teenagers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. 

The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Center, in Providence, is named after the late founder of Rhode Island’s first recovery center and a leader in the movement to bring services and compassion to people coping with addiction.

The money is from restitution payments made to the state by a convicted marijuana grower, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said during a news conference.  

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Rhode Island State health officials say preliminary figures show drug overdose deaths declined in Rhode Island in 2017 for first time since the opioid crisis hit the state five years ago.

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A new study links a dramatic decline in drug overdose deaths with Rhode Island’s prison treatment program for opioid addiction.

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(This the second part of a two-part story. Read part one here.) 

Andrew Dillon has had a front row seat to the opioid epidemic in New Bedford. His diner is a favorite for local fishermen.

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Patients or their doctors would be able to request that pharmacies partially fill prescriptions for opioids under a bill introduced in the General Assembly aimed at reducing the risk of opioid abuse. 

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A new study co-led by a Rhode Island epidemiologist found that a simple drug testing strip -- similar to a home pregnancy test --  accurately detected the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl in street drug samples.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting more than $70 million in state funding for Medicaid, the government health insurance for low-income residents, while preserving eligibility for the nearly one in three residents in the program.

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