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NEW: Chafee Issues Statement on Drug Overdose Deaths in RI

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

 

Governor Lincoln Chafee

Governor Lincoln Chafee issued the following statement today on the drug overdose epidemic in the state.

On Friday, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reported 38 drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island in 2014, which would put Rhode Island on pace for over 320 deaths for the year.  

Statement from Governor Chafee:

 “I am greatly concerned and saddened by this epidemic of drug overdose deaths that is happening in Rhode Island and around the country. I send my condolences to all the families and communities of those who have lost loved ones. The recent spike in deaths since the beginning of the year has been especially troubling.”

“I see hope and progress coming from our families and communities, working with health and behavioral officials, law enforcement officials and faith leaders throughout the entire state to address both the response to the health issue and also the cause of the problem.”

“Specifically, this coalition of health, treatment and law enforcement has:

Brought attention to the issue and increased general public awareness of drug overdose as a preventable public health problem;
Sounded the alarm to users and the public;
Strengthened statewide overdose surveillance mechanisms;
Increased the usage and effectiveness of the Prescription Monitoring Program;
Increased access to naloxone training and distribution programs;
Increased access to substance abuse treatment; and
Convened a statewide group of stakeholders to collaboratively address the epidemic.”

“As we move forward as Rhode Islanders, let us mourn the victims, and work with their families to stop these needless, preventable deaths.”
 

 

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Comments:

David Beagle

Why does GoLocalProv continue to use Chafee's high school year book photo instead of a current photo depicting the ruddy faced, elitist liberal?

Gary Arnold

It's 45 dead from drugs as of 2-20-14 (ProJo).
Chafee is a breath of stale air, no matter what the subject is, his patter is move forward into the abyss (he calls it our future). His comments on drug abuse are not critical of anything or reactive to prevent drug abuse. His attitude is let's take care of those that break the law, help them recover, spend more on them without knowing what is really needed, don't enforce the laws we have because drugs are overtaking many of our citizens. Yes, this is another indication of leaderless in RI from the Governor to the GA to local law enforcement.
Oh by the way, ask Chafee what he things about MaryWanna, he as the GA see TAX DOLLARs not the problems surrounding using any drugs. Sad state of RI.




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