health care

Researcher calls for measures to prevent painkiller ODs

Posted 11/19/12

PROVIDENCE – Urgent federal measures are needed to combat preventable overdose deaths involving painkillers such as Oxycontin, according to an article, “Prevention of Fatal Opioid Overdose,” published in the Nov. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Association and co-authored by Dr. Josiah “Jody” Rich, a researcher at The Miriam Hospital and a professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown Medical School.

Every year, at least 16,000 Americans die of unintentional overdose involving painkillers, according to co-author Leo Beletsky, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law.

“This epidemic kills more people than homicides and AIDS, but it doesn’t receive nearly the same level of recognition or resources,” said Beletsky, who is a drug policy expert and researcher on the relationship of law and public health.

Rich called for expanded tools and treatment to prevent overdoses. “Treatments for opioid addiction, which we know work, must expand in order to confront this growing epidemic. For those not ready for treatment, we need more tools to prevent overdoses,” Rich said.

Rhode Island is one of 16 states in which death from accidental overdose is more prevalent than death from car accidents. In 2008, such drug-related deaths claimed the lives of 193 Rhode Islanders – about four people each week, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network Mortality Report of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

PBN Hosted

Join PBN and two panels of successful female executives, business owners and entrepreneurs as we delve into what women should do to advance their careers, and become leaders in the corporate world and their own enterprises.
  • Book of Lists Party
    Save the date - January 15, 2015 for PBN's Book of Lists Party at the Providence ...
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News