- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a series of bills into law in an attempt to mitigate what state health officials are calling an opioid crisis.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/29BWaWz ) the legislation sets parameters for prescribing opioids, requires hospitals to connect overdose victims with treatment programs and mandates that insurers cover naloxone to prevent fatal overdoses.

Raimondo says the bills are not about shame, but “getting people into treatment.”

She says the legislation represents “a major step forward in our work to promote prevention, rescue, treatment and recovery.”

She made the remarks at a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services in Warwick.

There were more than 250 overdose deaths in the state last year. Since 2011, nearly 1,200 Rhode Islanders have died of accidental overdoses.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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