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An Overview of Addiction in Rhode Island

For being one of the smallest states in the country, Rhode Island also has one of the highest rates of heroin addiction. Heroin is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in the state and is At the center of the crisis is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid used to relieve chronic pain, often after surgery and in end-stage cancer patients. When prescribed, fentanyl can be delivered through injection, a skin patch, lozenges, or even in lollipops. But dealers are blending it with heroin, creating a lethally potent mix.

A possible reason for Rhode Island’s widespread substance abuse is that those who get addicted to prescription opiates transition to a cheaper and more accessible drug, heroin. Coupled with the state’s high unemployment rate, which has persisted in recent years, despite positive national economic trends, the state is facing a major epidemic.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in Rhode Island

  • Between 2009 and 2013, the number of admissions for treatment for heroin addiction rose 40 percent and the state has the highest rate of illicit drug use at 12.8%.
  • In 2014, there were two batches of heroin tainted with illicitly made fentanyl circulating in Rhode Island, which has accounted for a large number of recent overdoses.
  • Rhode Island came in third (out of the fifty states) in alcohol poisoning deaths and first in illicit drug use.
  • While Rhode Island has made significant inroads in reducing the number of fatal overdoses using Naloxone, the state is still struggling to prevent drug use and addiction.
  • In Rhode Island, about 28,000 people aged 12–20 (21.4% of all people in this age group) per year in 2009–2013* reported binge alcohol use within the month prior to being surveyed. Rhode Island’s percentage of binge alcohol use among people aged 12–20 was higher than the national percentage in 2012–2013.
  • In February, 2014, the Department of Health made an effort to increase the availability of Naloxone, an antidote delivered to counteract the effects of opioid in the event of a potentially fatal overdose. The state also now requires all police officials to carry Naloxone.
  • There have been 1,047 people in Rhode Island saved this year with Naloxone and an additional 250 lives saved in the emergency room without the drug’s use, according to statistics released by the Department of Health.

Looking for Recovery in Rhode Island

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