RIDOH is issuing a public health alert due to increased opioid overdose activity in...
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.
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.
Always have the overdose reversal medicine, naloxone (Narcan®), readily available. Request a free naloxone kit and have it shipped to your address for free (English, Spanish). You can also get naloxone from a localpharmacywithout 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 clinicto be tested for hepatitis C and HIV, or have other health conditions treated.
Watch and shareProject Weber/RENEW'scommunity-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. Clickhereto order yours today. Learn more about safer drug useon Prevent Overdose RI.
Treatment and Recovery Support Services
Call the 24/7BH Link Hotline,401-414-LINK (5465) or visit theBH LinkWalk-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).
Contact The Family Task Forceto 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 organizationshere.
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 asafe disposal site near you.