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CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Part of Innovative Study to Offer Medication Assisted Treatment at Pharmacies

CRANSTON (March 14, 2019) —A new study in Rhode Island is taking a novel approach to dealing with the opioid crisis that could eventually be replicated across the country. Through a $ million grant awarded to Rhode Island Hospital from the National Institutes of Health, pharmacies will take a bigger role in offering addiction treatment services with the support of a conglomerate of healthcare entities, including CODAC Behavioral Healthcare. The three-year study aims to improve accessibility to medication assisted treatment (MAT), which typically requires patients to meet with an approved physician before being placed on an evidence-based treatment plan. Through…
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H-E-B Recalls Sauté Pans Due to Laceration Hazard

Recall Summary Name of Product: Kitchen & Table qt. Sauté Pan with glass lid Hazard: The glass lid can crack or shatter during normal use, posing a laceration hazard. Remedy: Refund Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sauté pans with glass lid and return them to H‑E‑B for a full refund. Consumer Contact: H-E-B toll-free at 855-432-4438 from 8 to 6 CT Monday through Friday or online at ;and click on Product Recalls for more information. Recall Details Units: About 12,000 Description: This recall involves H-E-B’s Kitchen & Table qt. Sauté Pans with glass lids. The affected products were sold in red and gray.…
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Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour Being Recalled

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that the Hometown Food Company is recalling two lot codes of its five-pound bags of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Roughly 12,245 cases of impacted products were distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide. Only 'Best If Used By Dates' APR 19 2020 and APR 20 2020 are impacted. More details about the recalled products are available online. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were have been no reports of any illnesses associated with this recall. Salmonella is an…
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Community

CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Expands into Pawtucket As Cases of Opioid Use Disorder Continue to Climb

PAWTUCKET, (March 7, 2019) —Due to the growing number of people seeking treatment services for substance use disorder, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare has expanded its operations by opening a new location at 600 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. More than 220 patients will begin receiving care at the new location on Monday, March 11, but that number is expected to increase, according to senior leaders at CODAC. The 3,000-square foot building will allow CODAC staff to offer medication assisted treatment, tobacco cessation services, counseling, alternative treatments for pain management, ambulatory care, and other holistic approaches to treat addiction, which are not typically available…
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Education

Pharmacies trial new role providing medication, care for opioid use disorder in Rhode Island Hospital study

Lifespan affiliate awarded $ to help curb national opioid epidemic; will partner with pharmacy chain Genoa, treatment provider CODAC, URI, state health agencies PROVIDENCE, – Rhode Island Hospital has been awarded $ million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effectiveness of providing medication and care at pharmacies to people with opioid use disorder, compared to usual care pathways at specialty clinics and doctors’ offices. The unusual approach could mean a major expansion of treatment at a time when the crisis is claiming the lives of 120 Americans every day and six Rhode Islanders every week, according…
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New EMS Data Indicate Continued Need for Community Naloxone Use

Report released as Rhode Island remains on downward overdose trend New Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) data indicate that more than a third of the opioid overdose calls to which Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded in Rhode Island in 2018 occurred in public places. Public health leaders are again urging all Rhode Islanders who are comfortable doing so to carry naloxone, the overdose reversal data, published on March 1, 2019 in the Rhode Island Medical Journal, indicate that of the opioid overdoses that EMS responded to in 2018 occurred in public places. That figure was in 2016. Examples of public…
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Health

Update on NIH’s Efforts to Address Sexual Harassment in Science

by Dr. Mike Lauer Today we released a very important statement outlining actions NIH is taking to become part of the solution to address sexual harassment in science. I am including the full text of the statement below, as it speaks for ;For additional information please visit our NIH Anti-Sexual Harassment: for NIH Awardee Organizations and Those Who Work There webpage. As the NIH Director stated in September, sexual harassment is about power. The goal of the perpetrator, most commonly but not exclusively a man, is to objectify, exclude, demoralize, diminish, and coerce the victim, most commonly a woman, to exert power over ; It’s morally…
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Community

March Is Red Cross Month: Be a Hero in Your Community

Volunteer, give blood, learning lifesaving skills or donate to #help1family on American Red Cross Giving Day PROVIDENCE, – March 7, 2019 — March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross Rhode Island asks people to be a hero for families in Rhode Island by becoming a volunteer, learning lifesaving skills, giving blood or donating to #help1family on Red Cross Giving Day, March 27. “During Red Cross Month, we are proud to recognize our volunteers who provide hope and urgent relief to families in need every day,” said Susan Roberts, Executive Director, American Red Cross Rhode Island. “These heroes are our…
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Statement from RI Coalition for Reproductive Freedom On Reproductive Privacy Act Floor Vote

Providence, RI - The House of Representatives is poised to make history by voting on the Reproductive Privacy Act (H 5125A) on the House Floor today. This a monumental moment in Rhode Island. The last time a vote on a bill to codify Roe v. Wade happened in Rhode Island was 1993 when it passed out of the House of Representatives, but did not pass the Senate. The Coalition thanks Chairwoman Williams and the cosponsors of the Reproductive Privacy Act for listening to the concerns of our members and finding common ground. The sponsors worked with the Coalition and others…
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Cicilline Chairs First Antitrust Panel Hearing on Soaring Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) hosted the subcommittee’s hearing today to investigate the harmful effects of consolidation and anticompetitive behavior in the health care market. The following is footage and a transcript of Chairman Cicilline’s opening remarks: ;feature= Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) House Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee Hearing: Diagnosing the Problem: Exploring the Effects of Consolidation and Anticompetitive Conduct in Health Care Markets Opening Remarks as Delivered March 7, 2019 Our healthcare system is in a state of crisis. The cost of prescription medicine has increased by 200% over the past decade. Americans…
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