Local Events

Here you can learn about events happening in our state focused on overdose prevention.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

There will be an opportunity to dispose of expired and/or unused medicines at more than 30 Drug Take-Back Day locations throughout Rhode Island on October 27 from 10am-2pm. Learn more about how to get rid of unused or experienced medication

What can I give back?

  • Opioid Prescription Pain Medications (e.g., Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin)
  • Antibiotics
  • Patches
  • Ointments
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Pet Medications

  • Rhode Island Non-Opioid Pain Treatment Symposium


    Change the culture of pain management

    Dr. James McDonald, MD, MPH, Chief Administrative
    Officer, RI Board of Health, member, Overdose
    Prevention & Intervention Task Force

    Panel One:
    RI’s Opioid Crisis & The Problem of Pain

    Panel Two:
    Non-Opioid Pain Treatment Approaches

    Where & When?
    Sunday, October 28th from 1 pm to 4 pm
    Community College of Rhode Island, Knight Campus

    Healthcare professionals and students will better
    understand evidence-based non-opioid therapies for
    PROGRAM treating pain in the context of RI’s Opioid Crisis

    Fighting the Addiction Crisis: Initiating Recovery

    The causes and myths of the opioid epidemic
    The intersection of social justice and recovery
    The pathways to recovery and interfaith
    Free naloxone training

    Where & When?
    Sunday, November 4th 2018 from 4-5:30pm
    St David’s on the Hill
    200 Meshanticut Valley Pkwy
    Cranston RI, 02920

    Finding Hope through the Addiction of a Loved One

    Are you struggling with a loved one who is lost in the throws of Addiction? Join us on at St Thomas Episcopal Church located in Alton for our Parent Support group. Whether you have lost a child to addiction or your child is actively using we will come together to support one another through this journey of hope.

    St.Thomas Epicopal Church
    322 Church Street
    Alton, RI
    6:00pm – 7:30pm

    All groups are on Monday:

    October 22nd, 2018
    November 5th & 26th, 2018
    December 3rd & 17th, 2018

    St. Matthias Recovery Ministry

    Do you sometimes feel that you don’t know where to get help for alcohol and drug addiction or related issues? Are you looking for information and support about how to get help for your family and friends? Do you desire to talk to someone about how to cope with family and friends who struggle with drugs and alcohol from a Catholic perspective? Do you have questions about how your faith can help you with recovery?

    The St. Matthias ministry provides information and referrals for treatment and support, as well as one-on-one support as available.

    Masses for Those in Recovery

    Masses for those in recovery provide an opportunity for people to come together in faith to encounter God’s love and grace with special prayer intentions dedicated for recovery. If you or loved ones struggle with alcohol, drugs, addictions, mental distress, or support folks who suffer from the effects of these issues, we encourage you to attend.

    St. Barnabas Church
    1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth @ 5pm

    Sunday, October 28, 2018
    Sunday, January 27, 2019
    Sunday, April 28, 2019
    Sunday, July 28, 2019
    Sunday, October 27, 2019

    St. Mary Church (Includes the Anointing of the Sick)
    70 Church Street, West Warwick @ 5pm

    Sunday, November 11, 2018
    Sunday, February 24, 2019
    Sunday, May 26, 2019

    St. Kevin Church
    333 Sandy Lane, Warwick @ 5pm

    Sunday, August 25, 2019
    Sunday, November 24, 2019

    St James Chapel
    2079 Matunuck School House Rd, Charlestown

    The first Sunday of each month, October through June @ 2:00 p.m.

    Hope & Cope Support Group

    Hope & Cope is a faith-based support group intended for those supporting a family member or a friend struggling with alcohol, drugs, addictions and mental distress. The Hope & Cope groups meet to pray, reflect, and if desired, to share their stories, feelings, and experiences with the group.

    St. Barnabas Church, Chapel Meeting Room
    1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth

    Sundays 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    No Costs! No registration needed! Just come…

    October 21, 2018
    November 18, 2018
    December 16, 2018

    January 20, 2019
    February 17, 2019
    March 17, 2019
    April 21, 2019

    May 19, 2019
    June 16, 2019
    July 21, 2019
    August 18, 2019

    September 15, 2019
    October 20, 2019
    November 17, 2019
    December 15, 2019