- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is partnering with the American Medical Association to reduce opioid abuse and heroin use.

The American Medical Association, the Rhode Island Medical Society and state health officials announced Friday that they will work together to develop a kit for health care providers with data, tools and resources they need to better inform their prescribing practices and address the many different needs of their patients.

They say Rhode Island and Alabama are the only two states participating in this pilot program with the medical association.

The project is funded through a federal grant. The kit is expected to be released in Rhode Island in September.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, created a task force to prevent overdose deaths.

Its action plan said safer prescribing is crucial.

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