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The Hope & Recovery Support Line
401-414-LINK (5465)

BH Link’s mission is to ensure all Rhode Islanders experiencing mental health and substance use crises receive the appropriate services they need as quickly as possible in an environment that supports their recovery. Talk to a licensed counselor, all day, every day. Call anytime.

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Lifespan Recovery Center
The Lifespan Recovery Center provides services to people in our community who struggle with addiction to opioids and related drugs. We understand the challenges faced by those who wish to end their dependence on substances and have developed a program that offers rapid access to treatment and support throughout the recovery process.

Community First Responder Program
Learn how to reverse an overdose. Become a Community First Responder with The University of Rhode Island’s ten minute certification module and receive free Narcan.

Prevent and Protect
Prevent & Protect can help PEOPLE looking for naloxone and provides tools for ORGANIZATIONS conducting overdose prevention and naloxone advocacy, outreach, and communication campaigns.

SSTARbirth is a long-term, residential substance abuse treatment program specifically designed for pregnant, postpartum and parenting women. SSTARbirth is the only specialty program of its kind in the state of Rhode Island.

The NaloxBox mission is to improve the capacity of bystander rescuers to save the lives of victims of opioid overdose by increasing access to publicly available overdose response resources in settings most in need of quickly accessible, public use naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid overdose reversal drug. All NaloxBox units are optically pleasing, transparent polycarbonate surface mounted enclosures that provide organizations a solution to protecting and providing access to lifesaving naloxone in an easy to recognize cabinet placed in a central location in high-traffic or high-risk buildings and organizations.

Prevent Overdose RI
In 2014, over 240 Rhode Islanders lost their lives to overdose — that’s more than the number of people who died in car accidents, murders, and suicides combined. In 2016, that number increased to over 300 overdose-related deaths in Rhode Island. To respond to this public health crisis, Rhode Island has developed a strategic plan to address the epidemic.

Prescribe to Prevent
Here you will find information you need to start prescribing and dispensing naloxone (Narcan) rescue kits, including some useful resources containing further information about this life-saving medicine. We are prescribers, pharmacists, public health workers, lawyers, and researchers working on overdose prevention and naloxone access. We compiled these resources to help health care providers educate their patients to reduce overdose risk and provide naloxone rescue kits to patients.

State Targeted Response (STR) Technical Assistance (TA) Consortium
The STR-TA consortium was created to support your efforts in addressing opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. This project, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is here to provide local expertise in your communities to help address the opioid public health crisis.

Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC has developed and compiled extensive resources about the opioid overdose epidemic. Its Opioid Overdose web pages are divided into the following sections:

  • Opioid Basics – includes pages on recent statistics and trends in opioid overdose deaths, commonly used terms, prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl.
  • Data – includes pages with detailed statistics and maps on opioid prescriptions; overdose data for prescription opioids; heroin, and synthetic opioids; and law enforcement encounters in which persons tested positive for fentanyl.
  • Overdose Prevention – includes pages on improving opioid prescribing, preventing and treating opioid use disorder, reversing overdose, and CDC’s role in overdose prevention.
  • Information for Patients – includes pages on non-opioid treatment options for chronic pain, expectations for opioid therapy, preventing opioid misuse, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and a prescription opioid awareness campaign.
  • Information for Providers: Safe Prescribing Saves Lives – includes guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, clinical tools, prescription drug monitoring programs, training resources, materials for patients, research and activities, and FAQs.
  • State Information – includes information about promising strategies to address opioid overdose, state prescription drug laws, state opioid overdose surveillance, and state success stories in responding to the overdose epidemic.
  • Resource Center – includes an online pressroom, shareable graphics and videos, data resources, information on CDC’s Rx Awareness campaign, and additional resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA also has extensive resources on substance use, including the following:

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (also available in Spanish)

TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder – Full Document (Including Executive Summary and Parts 1 through 5)

Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders (also available in Spanish)

Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings

Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

Know the Risks of Meth

Resources from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Health Resources and Services Administration – Opioid Crisis
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports its grantees with resources, technical assistance, and training to integrate behavioral health care services into communities. The HRSA aims to use their expertise and resources to combat the opioid crisis.

US Department of Health and Human Services – Help, Resources and Information
This is your comprehensive source of information on the opioid epidemic as a whole. This resource provides statistics, strategy, information on prevention, treatment and recovery, news articles, and patient stories.

“Rx Pain Medications, Know the Options, Get the Facts” – This is a series of fact sheets that includes the following:

Other Resources

The Science of Addiction: Genetics and the Brain

Recovery Research Institute – Enhancing Recovery Through Science

AddictionCenter – The Opioid Epidemic

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This website is supported by the COBRE on Opioids and Overdose funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM125507. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.