- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island health officials say they’ve reached a milestone as the state seeks to prevent overdose deaths.

The state Department of Health says all of the health care providers authorized to prescribe opioids in Rhode Island are now enrolled in the state’s prescription drug monitoring database.

Health care providers use the database to see what controlled-substance prescriptions are being filled for their patients, to help prevent over-prescribing, drug diversion and unsafe combinations of medications.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s overdose action plan aims to reduce overdose deaths by a third within three years. Increasing enrollment in the database, and utilization of it, is one of the plan’s goals.

The database is connected to similar databases in Massachusetts, Connecticut and other states. The department says more than 170 people have died of overdoses in 2016.

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