“A group of state and federal leaders gathered yesterday for a roundtable discussion on Rhode Island’s seemingly intractable drug overdose crisis. Present for that discussion: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), health dept. director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, behavioral health dept. director Maria Montanaro, Gov. Gina Raimondo, and head of the state police, Col. Steven O’Donnell. Reporters were invited to listen in, then ask a few questions.
After the meeting, I couldn’t help but wonder: how many more roundtables, public forums, legislative hearings, committee meetings, press conferences, and more will I attend before we see this crisis abate?
And when I say crisis, consider this: imagine for a moment that two of these Boeing 737s crashed last year in Rhode Island.
That’s about the number of people who died from accidental drug overdoses in 2014. We’re on track for a similar number of deaths in 2015, and the numbers have been climbing for a few years now. Overdoses have been killing more people than any other kind of accident, including car accidents, since about 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Source: Rhode Island Public Radio – June 23, 2015