Health care providers can play a huge role in helping prevent overdose deaths in Rhode Island


The most important thing you can do is to follow the guidelines on this page for safe prescribing every time you prescribe opioids. They were created by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to help you keep your patients safe.

A note to Providers:

You can call to connect with a counselor at BH Link, 401-414-LINK(5465). Hablamos español.

You can also speak with a healthcare provider about treatment options at Rhode Island’s Buprenorphine Hotline, 401‑606‑5456

What can I do?

Get Qualified to Prescribe Buprenorphine


RIDOH recommends that doctors get qualified to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction (sometimes known by its brand name Suboxone®). Health care providers need a waiver to legally prescribe buprenorphine.

The guidelines for prescribing were recently expanded. Practitioners who are eligible to prescribe buprenorphine under this revised guideline include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives who are licensed under State law and possess a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration to prescribe controlled substances. Read more about the new buprenorphine prescribing guidelines.

If you’re interested in becoming qualified to prescribe buprenorphine, you can find information about online and in-person trainings.


Several local and national resources are available to support healthcare providers who wish to expand buprenorphine prescribing practices. These resources include:


Use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program


RIDOH created the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to help track the use of controlled substances in Rhode Island. It’s very important that you use the PDMP every time you prescribe opioids.

Prescribe Safe with Naloxone


You can co-prescribe naloxone to any patient who has an opioid prescription —or anyone you think is at risk of experiencing or witnessing an opioid overdose. Increasing access to naloxone is one of the best tools we have for addressing Rhode Island’s opioid overdose epidemic and saving lives.

Start prescribing and educating your patients about naloxone today:

Know the Treatment Options


Part of being a responsible health care provider is making sure that you’re aware of all the treatment options available to for your patients. Educate yourself about addiction treatment in Rhode Island:

Enroll your patients in CurrentCare RI


CurrentCare is a free service developed by the RI healthcare community. It’s a secure electronic network that gives certain doctors and nurses access to their patient’s health information across different types of healthcare facilities. CurrentCare can even send real-time Hospital Alerts to primary care providers if their patient is admitted to or discharged from an emergency department.

Refer your patients to Centers of Excellence


Centers of Excellence (COE) provide comprehensive evaluation, treatment for those needing specialized outpatient treatment. COE’s accept walk-ins or provider referrals and offer immediate, intensive medication-assisted treatment by clinical experts specializing in addiction medicine.

Multidisciplinary teams offering services ranging from:

Patient and family education programs, Psychiatric care, Social work, Recovery coaching, and Referrals to community resources

There are currently three organizations certified to operate COE’s in Rhode Island:

  • CODAC Behavioral Healthcare (with seven locations)

  • Lifespan Recovery Center in Providence

  • Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket

  • The Journey to Hope, Health, and Healing Clinic (with four locations)

Participate in a Virtual Continuing Medical Education


The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) offers a no-cost, enhanced education program on safe opioid prescribing. These one-on-one sessions can be completed from any location and scheduled at your convenience. Read more about this announcement. For more information and to schedule a one-on-one virtual education session, please email Carol Stone.

Learn about CDC Pathways for Emergency Department Providers


Pathways is a CDC-funded project that aims to enhance the current provision of post-overdose care in Rhode Island Emergency Departments (EDs) by providing various training resources for emergency health providers and nurses and offering technical support to each Emergency Department. Our Pathways page offers comprehensive tools and resources so medical providers can stay informed and best serve their patients.



More Resources
Education Tools

Check out our Patient & Prescriber Education Tools

Centers of Excellence

Have your health care facility certified as a Center of Excellence (COE).

Recovery Coach

Request a recovery coach for patients who have experienced an overdose.


Register to be listed as a Vivitrol provider