April 6, 2022

Rhode Island Overdose Action Area Response (ROAAR)
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) issue this ROAAR Alert due to increased non-fatal opioid overdose activity for Region 10 (Westerly, Charlestown, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, and South Kingstown).

From March 27, 2022 to April 2, 2022, Region 10 was over the pre-established opioid overdose threshold.
  • RIDOH's Opioid Overdose Integrated Surveillance System, which tracks weekly overdose activity across the state, detected six reports of individuals receiving emergency department (ED) care for a suspected opioid overdose.
  • The weekly opioid overdose threshold for this region is four ED reports.
During the same time period, Region 3 was at the pre-established threshold for opioid overdose activity.
  • Region 3 (Cumberland, Lincoln, Smithfield, North Smithfield) had less than five reports* of individuals receiving ED care for a suspected opioid overdose.
  • The weekly opioid overdose threshold for this region is three ED reports.
The ROAAR notification system is initiated when a Region exceeds a pre-established threshold during a seven-day period. As a result, a public health advisory is issued to alert Rhode Islanders of increased drug overdose activity. Key stakeholders receiving this alert include public health and healthcare professionals, first responders, harm reduction organizations, municipal leaders, Rhode Island Health Equity Zones (HEZ), and Community Overdose Engagement (CODE) Collaboratives

Do you have data-related questions? Visit RIDOH's Drug Overdose Surveillance Data Hub to learn how RIDOH tracks non-fatal opioid overdose activity across the state.

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* RIDOH adheres to a Small Numbers Reporting Policy to ensure the confidentiality of individual identities. Data are suppressed when counts are less than five.
You Can Help

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Rhode Island’s drug overdose crisis continues to impact community members across the state. 
If someone you care about is using drugs, you can do some important things to help.
  • Learn the signs of an overdose and how to respond.
  • Always have the overdose reversal medicine, naloxone (Narcan®), readily available. Request a free naloxone kit and have it shipped to your address for free (EnglishSpanish). You can also get naloxone from a local pharmacy without a prescription from a healthcare provider.
  • Connect your loved one to care. Even if your loved one does not want to seek treatment for substance use, encourage them to visit a healthcare provider or clinic to be tested for hepatitis C and HIV, or have other health conditions treated.
Watch and share Project Weber/RENEW's community-centered Narcan® training video
Video: Naloxone Training from Project Weber/RENEW
Safer Drug Use Resources 
Use these shareable graphics for social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to prevent overdose and save lives. Order free, print materials like the Stay Safer with Fentanyl palm cards shown below. Click here to order yours today. Learn more about safer drug use on Prevent Overdose RI.


Statewide Resources

Treatment and Recovery Support Services
  • Call the 24/7 BH Link Hotline, 401-414-LINK (5465) or visit the BH Link Walk-In Triage Center in East Providence to connect with a counselor and get help during a mental health or substance use crisis.
  • Call Rhode Island’s Buprenorphine 24/7 Hotline, 401-606-5456, to talk with a healthcare provider, get a health evaluation, and make a plan for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  
  • Safe Stations are fire stations that offer access to treatment and recovery support services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Stop by any fire station any time in East Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfieldor Woonsocket to get connected to help. Bristol's Police Department is also a Safe Station. 
  • Visit's Get Help webpage to find local treatment and recovery support services, including statewide locations for the Rhode Island Centers of Excellence.
Peer Support
  • Contact The Family Task Force to get information and support from fellow Rhode Islanders who have been impacted by substance use conditions.
  • Connect with a certified peer recovery support specialist from a local recovery organization. Peer recovery support specialists are people who are in recovery from substance use or mental health conditions. Their life experiences allow them to provide recovery support to individuals who can benefit from their experiences. View a list of recovery organizations here.
Safer Drug Use
  • Get access to safer drug use supplies like naloxone, sterile needles, and fentanyl test strips from a local harm reduction organization. Call or text for free delivery to an address, or to arrange a pickup. 
  • Follow your healthcare provider's dosage instructions if you are taking opioids. Safely store opioids in a locked container and keep out of reach of children. You can order a free medication lock bag by mail or pick one up from a community location. Dispose of leftover or expired opioids by bringing them to a safe disposal site near you.  

Connect with Us on Social
  • Follow RIDOH on Twitter and Facebook, BHDDH on Facebook, and Prevent Overdose RI on Twitter to share and interact with informative social media content. 
  • Find more infographicsvideosfact sheets, and flyers to share with your networks on PORI’s Social Media Toolkit webpage.

Questions? Reply to this email to connect with a RIDOH Community Outreach representative.

Rhode Island Department of Health
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Providence, Rhode Island 02908-5097

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