Rhode Island like many other states is facing an increase in drug overdose cases, especially those related to fentanyl usage. The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued a public health advisory for several cities and towns due to the increased drug overdose activity.
Drug overdoses impact all social, geographic, and economic classes in Rhode Island. Please review the following tips and resources to help overcome the current challenges that are harming our citizens, including our children.
- Visit PreventOverdoseRI.org, a user-friendly website offering many resources for people who may be at risk of overdose, health care professionals who would like to learn more about treating addiction, as well as concerned family members and friends.
- Use and share 401-942-STOP (7867), Rhode Island’s recovery hotline that connects individuals in crisis with treatment and recovery support. English and Spanish-speaking counselors licensed in chemical-dependency are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Carefully follow dosage instructions for opioid prescription pain medications. Opioids should only be taken as directed. Misuse and abuse of opioids can be illegal, extremely harmful, and even deadly.
- Safely store opioid prescription pain medications in a locked container and out of reach of children – only one dose can cause an accidental overdose.
- Get rid of medicines safely by locating a safe disposal site near you. Many locations in the state also offer opioid prescription pain medication disposal; make sure the drug disposal location accepts controlled substances. If a drug disposal site cannot be reached, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends flushing opioid prescription pain medications down the toilet.
- Get life-saving naloxone at Rhode Island pharmacies without a prescription from a doctor. Learn how to properly use naloxone by asking your pharmacist, or watch this video.