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Here we use data from Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). Some hospitals have delays in reporting accidental drug overdose. The short-term trends below may not show the true patterns of overdose burden in the community.
Emergency departments (EDs) across Rhode Island treat patients for overdose
Under regulation R23-1-OPIOID, the Department of Health requires every health professional and hospital in Rhode Island to report all opioid overdoses or suspected overdoses within 48 hours. The data shown below reflect cases submitted to this anonymous 48-hour reporting system since January 2016.
Number of Emergency Department (ED) Visits for Overdose (Feb 2016 – Feb 2017)
The 48-hour reporting system tracks where overdoses occur
Emergency Department (ED) Visit for Overdose by City/Town (Feb 2016 – Feb 2017)
Notes: Cases in which the patient did not report the city/town in which the overdose occurred are not included on the map.
Naloxone is a safe medication that can stop an opioid overdose. Learn where to find naloxone in your community here
Naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. People who administer naloxone to someone who is overdosing are legally protected by the Rhode Island Good Samaritan Law. Nurses and doctors can also administer naloxone to patients at the emergency department and prescribe the medication at discharge.
Number of patients who received naloxone prior to arrival, at the Emergency Department (ED), and upon discharge (Feb 2016 – Feb 2017)
After an overdose, recovery is possible
Emergency Departments (EDs) offer a number of recovery services, including peer recovery coaching. Prior to being discharged, a peer recovery coach from AnchorED can meet with the patient to introduce them to recovery supports and resources that will help keep them on the road to recovery. AnchorED was created by The Providence Center, the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and Anchor Recovery Community Centers in response to Rhode Island’s increasing number of opioid overdose deaths.
Post-Overdose Counseling and Recovery Outcomes (Feb 2016 – Feb 2017)
Note: Referrals include those to substance abuse treatment and/or recovery services.
March 1st, 2017
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