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Report: 75 Drug Overdoses in RI in 2014

State health officials are trying to combat the problem by making an overdose antidote more widely available.

Heroin. File photo.
Heroin. File photo.
There have been 75 drug overdoses in the state so far in 2014, according to the Providence Journal.

Authorities said the number is unusually high and blamed more than half the deaths on a lethal combination of heroin and fentanyl.

Reducing overdoses is now a "top priority" for law enforcement, according to the Journal. State health officials are making Narcan, a drug that can prevent an overdose, more available to first responders, the Associated Press reported.

The heroin problem is not specific to Rhode Island—New Hampshire officials said in 2013 there were double the number of heroin overdoses than the year before.
Craig Civic April 14, 2014 at 06:49 PM
@ Joeb170...GREAT POSTS. PERIOD. @CB11: By your logic I'll bet you think it's OK and FINE and ACCEPTED scientifically that you/one CAN have a GENETIC DISPOSITION...to, say, cancer, arthitis, heart disease or any of the other hundreds/thousands of diseases CAUSED BY chemical imbalances and genetics. And that if you get THAT KIND of illness from a GENETIC problem, well, gee, then, THAT'S ok. But, with your logic it is NOT OK when that chemical imbalance or genetic predisposition involves...ADDICTION. Because YOU, being stuck in the 1800's, feel addiction is a "moral" issue and not an 'illness", whether it be genetic or chemical or...NOT. The human body is just one big chemical reaction and it is MORE surpising that there are not even MORE anomalies/illnesses/imbalances than there actually are. The human body is an amazing chemical reaction that, incredibly runs PERFECTLY 99% of the time. It's not fun being part of THAT 1% though. But it is wonderful...maybe harder?...to show empathy and kindness and care to that 1%.
CB11 April 15, 2014 at 08:46 AM
I am not "stuck" in the 1800s as you suggest. I also don't live with rose-colored glasses on and think that "feel-good" empathy and misplaced compassion will solve this problem. You can try to educate the addicted but in the end, it is THEIR CHOICE to use or not. You can't be there 24-7, you can't control what they do. No matter how much you counsel and try to point them down the right path and warn them what's down the wrong one, you have no control on what they decide to do. We need to either get tough - and I mean "SWAT team surrounding the building" tough - on the gangs and the dealers who produce and sell the crap or just throw our hands up in the air and start giving out free kits with needles and Narcan. Not holding the addicted responsible for their actions and decisions is enabling and every addict will take advantage of that sort of compassion because it leaves them blameless for what they do. It's called "Tough Love" for a reason!
jim harris April 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM
And the state of RI is going to solve this problem by legalizing Marijuana? We need to deal with the drug problem not support it.
Tom Badger May 07, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Nothing wrong with thinning the herd as these junkies are not doing this crap all by themselves . They are also sharing and selling death to their junkie friends also . Why save them @ taxpayer cost and burden .

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