What is PORI?


In 2014, more than 240 Rhode Islanders have lost their lives to overdose

 

That’s more than the number of people who died in car accidents, murders, and suicides combined. To respond to this public health crisis, Rhode Island has developed a strategic plan to address the epidemic. Building on past accomplishments and progress from the original plan, the strategic plan was updated in 2019. This website — a data dashboard available to all — is designed to provide community members, health professionals, and policymakers with timely data to track Rhode Island’s progress toward reaching the goals outlined in the Action Plan. We offer the latest data on addiction and overdose in Rhode Island — as well as resources on preventing overdose for a variety of audiences, including loved ones of opioid users, healthcare providers, and more.

Learn more about the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force Action Plan.

Learn more about the Action Plan

 


The Governor’s Action Plan

Download the Governor’s Action Plan for combating addiction and overdose.


Our Team

This project is an initiative of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. The site was developed by researchers at Brown University School of Public Health, who worked closely with a number of key stakeholders.

Learn about our Task Force.

Our agency partners

This project was made possible by the efforts of many individuals and organizations working to prevent overdose and save lives every day in Rhode Island. Our partners include:


The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)

RIDOH’s mission is to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island. Through their Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program, RIDOH works to decrease drug overdoses and teach healthcare providers how to prescribe safely.


The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)

BHDDH provides services to more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders with mental health and substance use issues, developmental disabilities, and chronic medical conditions. Their Office of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (SATS) plans, coordinates, and controls substance use treatment activities statewide.


The Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

OMB provides fiscal analysis, management support, and research to all of Rhode Island — including the public, the Governor, and State departments and agencies. Our development team works closely with the OMB Office of Performance Management to make sure that our data are up to date, accurate, and consistent with information available from other trusted sources.

Brown University School of Public Health

Our development team includes students, staff, and faculty at the Brown University School of Public Health. The team is led by Brandon Marshall, an Associate Professor of Epidemiology. We’re funded under contract with RIDOH through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Acknowledgements

Finally, we’d like to thank the following organizations for their support in creating this website: Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program (NOPE-RI), Rhode Island Department of Corrections, The Providence Center, members of the Overdose Data Working Group, and all of the departments and organizations providing data sources.


Action Plan

With this plan, Rhode Island can reduce overdose deaths by one third in three years.

Learn about the Action Plan.


Task Force

You can support our guidelines for safe and responsible prescribing to help make opioid use safer.

Learn what you can do to help.