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R I Med J (2013). 2014 Oct 1;97(10):34-7.

The Rhode Island community responds to opioid overdose deaths.

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Evaluator for Maternal and Child Home Visiting, Rhode Island Department of Health. She is a long-time staff member and now volunteers with Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI), The Miriam Hospital.
Coordinator and Co-Founder of the Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program of Rhode Island (NOPE-RI). She is a Critical Care Paramedic and has worked in public safety for the past ten years.
Unintentional Injury Prevention Program Coordinator, Rhode Island Department of Health. She convenes the Drug Overdose Prevention and Rescue Coalition.
Administrator at the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. She has 28 years of clinical experience as a RI provider in various behavioral health treatment settings.
Director of Pharmacy Services for Butler Hospital.
Director of Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI), The Miriam Hospital. She is a Research Associate with the Department of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University.


The challenge of addressing the epidemic of opioid overdose in Rhode Island, and nationwide, is only possible through collaborative efforts among a wide breadth of stakeholders. This article describes the range of efforts by numerous partners that have come together to facilitate community, and treatment-related approaches to address opioid-involved overdose and substance use disorder. Strategies to address this crisis have largely focused on increasing access both to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone and to high quality and timely treatment and recovery services. [Full text available at, free with no login].


Opiate addiction; naloxone; opioid; overdose

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