- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are asking the public for input on how to fight drug overdoses and addiciton in the state.

The Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force says the public can comment at a community meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Providence in the Sopkin Auditorium at Miriam Hospital. Feedback can also be submitted online at www.health.ri.gov/overdosetaskforce .

The task force is charged with developing a strategic plan to address overdoses and addiction. It expects to submit the plan to Gov. Gina Raimondo in early November.

The state Health Department says there were 133 accidental drug overdose deaths in the state this year through August. There were 152 accidental overdose deaths during the same period last year.

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