The statistics are startling. In 2014, 239 people in RI lost their lives to overdose, more than the number of homicides, motor vehicle deaths, and suicides combined. The problems of opioid dependence and accidental drug overdose have been growing for some time. And growing in direct relation to a dramatic increase in the amount of opioids prescribed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has skyrocketed, more than quadrupling since 1999 in the United States.
(Distributed November 30, 2015)